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Sunday, November 11, 2007
Armistice Day: 89th Anniversary
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The Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month at the Eleventh Hour...

Before Omaha Beach, D-Day (June 1944)

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is forever England. There shall be

During World War I (1914 - 1918)

In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,

Funeral Mass (Date Unknown)

A body of England's, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers blest by the suns of home.

Mass on the Battlefield (Date Unknown)

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thought by England given;

Mass on the Battlefield (Date Unknown)

Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English Heaven

Source: "The Soldier" by Rupert Brooke (1887 - 1915)

Image Sources: Believed to be in the Public Domain

4 comments:

del_button November 12, 2008 at 4:28 PM
rosamundi said...

90th anniversary, not 89th - the Armistice was signed in 1918.

(Came here via Catholic Carnival).

del_button November 12, 2008 at 4:31 PM
Matthew said...

I know. This post is from last year (2007).

del_button November 12, 2008 at 10:21 PM
Mark Alves said...

Found your post through the Carnival and added it to my roundup of Veterans Day reflections. Thanks for sharing.

del_button November 13, 2008 at 7:56 AM
rosamundi said...

Ah, apologies - should have checked the date!

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