Poppy Fields, Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day: Lest we forget

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“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.”

Remembrance Day, 11 November 2020

Today the employees at Ossian Group are pausing to pay homage to those who fell in the Great War (1914-1918). We will be observing a two minute silence at 11am to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their friends and country.
Trench Warfare, World War 1

Service of Remembrance

The Last Post & Rouse

The “Last Post” is either an A or a B♭ bugle call, primarily within British infantry and Australian infantry regiments, or a D or an E♭ cavalry trumpet call in British cavalry and Royal Regiment of Artillery (Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Artillery), and is used at Commonwealth military funerals, and ceremonies commemorating those who have lost their lives in war.

“The Rouse” is a bugle call most often associated with the military in Commonwealth countries. It is commonly played following “Last Post” at military services, and is often mistakenly referred to as “Reveille”. The use of both “Last Post” and “The Rouse” at cenotaph ceremonies in Commonwealth nations essentially turns the two-minute silence into a ritualized night vigil. 

 (from Wikipedia)

Ode to Remembrance

The Flowers of the Forest

Strange Meeting, Wilfred Owen

I chose to include one of the most affecting wartime poems ever written in this blogpost; Strange Meeting by Wilfred Owen. As one of Britain’s greatest wartime poets Owen helped destroy the popular sentiment of war being a glorious and patriotic endeavour. Wilfred Owen died on the 4th November 2018 during the crossing of the Sambre-Oise Canal, exactly one week before the Armistice. His mother received a telegram of his death on Armistice Day, as the bells of Shrewsbury Cathedral were ringing-out to celebrate the end of the war.