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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

12 November 2014. 96 Years Since the “Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month”… Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth and France Unveils Memorial to the War Dead in Flanders

00 australian war memorial. remembrance day. 12.11.14

A man places a memorial poppy on the wall at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra ACT AUSTRALIA

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00 cenotaph. toronto. old city hall. 12.11.14

An honour guard at the Cenotaph near the Old City Hall in Toronto ON CANADA

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00 Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. Rmembrance Day at the Tower of London. 12.11.14

“Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” at the Tower of London London ENGLAND UK

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00 Notre Dame de Lorette. FRANCE. WWI memorial. 12.11.14

French troops at the dedication of the L’Anneau de la Mémoire/Memorial international Notre-Dame-de-Lorette (Ring of Remembrance) memorial wall with over 500,000 names of those of all nations who fell in Northern France, at the Nécropole nationale de Notre-Dame-de-Lorette in Ablain St-Nazaire FRANCE (the world’s largest French military cemetery). This event was also in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I (“The Great War”). 

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Iraq War Veteran, Outspoken War Critic Tomas Young Dead at 34

00 Tomas Young. Ground Zero. 2008. 11.11.14

Tomas Young at Ground Zero in 2008

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Iraq War veteran and outspoken Iraq war critic Tomas Young died at the age of 34. Democracy Now! reported his death Monday, the eve of Veterans Day. Young enlisted in the Army following the 9/11 attacks, volunteering to go to Afghanistan. He went to Iraq, and a bullet left him paralysed on the fifth day of his deployment. In 2008, he explained, “many of us volunteered with patriotic feelings in our heart, only to see them subverted and bastardised by the administration and sent into the wrong country”. Young was the subject of the award-wining documentary Body of War by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro. In 2013, Young wrote The Last Letter: A Message to George W Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran. He wrote:

You may evade justice, but in our eyes, you’re each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder, and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans… my fellow veterans… whose future you stole.

Asked by Democracy Now! last year how he’d want to be remembered, he said, “That I fought as hard as I could to keep young men and women away from military service. I fought as hard as I could to keep another me from coming back to Iraq”.

11 November 2014

Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/11/iraq-war-veteran-outspoken-war-critic-tomas-young-dead-34

Editor:

What a day for this poor guy to pass on. However… it’s appropriate. I hate the wars that America started… I love the vets. The vets aren’t to blame for the warmongering pols (most of whom are cowards who refused to serve!). The vets didn’t start the aggressions to enrich the greedy oligarch businessmen. The vets didn’t decide to drone-strike civilians. Note well that the sorts who operate the drones from safe locations aren’t like the real vets who were in harm’s way. Do ya wanna meet folks who hate war and don’t want it at almost any price? Meet a bunch of real combat vets! Most of the loudmouth VFW sorts are rear-area sludge… REMFs (Rear Echelon Mother Fuckers… like Lindsey Graham of South Carolina). I seem to notice that folks who actually faced bullets not only don’t want to do so again, they don’t want to see anyone else do it either. Just sayin’…

Light a candle for Tomas. Memory Eternal, bro…

Вечная ему память

BMD

 

Idea for the One-Minute Silence at Remembrance Day Came from a Melbourne Man

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MOST Australians will be familiar with the one-minute silence observed on Remembrance Day. However, where did it start and whose idea was it?

An article on the Australian War Memorial website attributed the idea to a First World War veteran and Melbourne journalist Edward George Honey,who was living in London in 1919 and wished for a five-minute silence to recognise those killed during the war. At the same time, a South African made second suggestion, who noted a moment’s silence was held in South Africa when there were heavy losses on the Western Front. The idea took King George V’s fancy, although he he shortened it to two minutes. He sent a special message to the Commonwealth to stop what they were doing and be silent at “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”. It’s something that’s still observed today as a one-minute silence.

11 November 2014

News.au.com

http://www.news.com.au/national/idea-for-the-oneminute-silence-at-remembrance-day-came-from-a-melbourne-man/story-fncynjr2-1227119194180

11 November 2014. REMEMBER What This Day Means… ‘Nuff Said…

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To say more would be blasphemous…

BMD

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