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Thread: 100 years on: 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918

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    100 years on: 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918

    Today we commemorate the centenary of the cessation of hostilities that brought WW 1 to an end with the signing of the armistice.

    New Zealand in particular paid a very high price (particularly in proportion to the population at the time), along with other allied Commonwealth nations that supported Great Britain's war effort.

    I would have posted earlier but circumstances didn't allow for it. We did observe a minute's silence and recited the fourth stanza of The Ode of Remembrance:

    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
    We will remember them.


    We will remember them.
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    India's contribution also deserves recognition:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-46148207
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    I was in the Koru Club at Dunedin Airport at the time (NZ time). I too paid tribute.
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    Yesterday at the gun club at 11 after a minutes silence we fired a volley and recited the ode of remembrance before starting the days program.
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    Its a very powerful verse

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    God bless all service folk,past present and future...may the fallen rest in peace where ever they may be,they did thier part and deserve some happiness.
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    we must never forget and the generations to come need to remember and honour their sacrifice.
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    unfortunately whilst humans stillpiss round on this planet ,and politics is regarded as a profession,the ultimate punitive acts of violence will reoccur.
    rest easy all you fallen wherever you may lie ,in sun shade ,neath oceans deep in far off lands .you served and paid the ultimate price .I salute your memory.

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    There was a few who paid the price (18,277) and those who brought the scars home

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    Managed to find our Great Great Uncles cross

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    FFS, Ive been to Tyne Cott, which was emotional to say the least but seeing that in a familiar place and knowing that they are all N Z brings home the degree of sacrifice at a higher level.

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    It is important as we remember and acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice made by the fallen that there was a huge toll paid by their brothers in arms who offered up their own lives to stand beside the fallen yet were fortunate to have survived the ordeals of war. These brave men often scarred in ways beyond the physical deserve equally to have our gratitude and acknowledgement. We should not forget them and nor could we ever repay the selfless sacrifice made by them all.
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    What more do we need? If we are above ground and breathing the rest is up to us!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rushy View Post
    It is important as we remember and acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice made by the fallen that there was a huge toll paid by their brothers in arms who offered up their own lives to stand beside the fallen yet were fortunate to have survived the ordeals of war. These brave men often scarred in ways beyond the physical deserve equally to have our gratitude and acknowledgement. We should not forget them and nor could we ever repay the selfless sacrifice made by them all.
    I helped an old guy out back in the late 80's, writing his book on a computer. He and his brother signed up, only one came home. He was still shedding tears. A great man, teacher, wrote articles for the paper, a real mover and shaker to boot. That legacy still lives on with his descendants. He lost his book on a couple of occasions but I managed to recover it. 'Long Time Passing', by Huia Beaumont.
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    I spent 4 hours on Wednesday lining up all those crosses.

    Was pretty surreal




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    over the years as a member of 2Cant NMWC and being a member of the regimental assn,including a stint as secretary I have met and valued dearly the counsel of those who went to far off lands and did what politicians asked.
    As a psychiatric nurse Ive also seen some who come veiled in tears.they too have my undying respect.

    the onesIcannot respect are those who feel its their job to present the shrill immature opinions based on popular media ,but would not venture forth.some very prominent persons in NZ today humiliated our troops on their return from vietnam;they know who they are -hang your heads in shame.
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    There is a special area for those who lost 2 brothers

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    3 brothers

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