Friday, November 11, 2016

Lest We Forget

AUSTRALIANS united today as one to commemorate Remembrance Day.
At November 11 at 11am, citizens will observe a minute’s silence in honour of our nation’s fallen or injured soldiers.
Today BC was in the spirit of united and connected as he introduced a former captain from the army now part of the TPB to recite The "Ode of Remembrance" is an ode taken from Laurence Binyon's poem, "For the Fallen", which was first published in The Times in September 1914.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
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.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam

Red poppies are worn at services around the world to symbolise those who have fallen in times of war. 
During World War I, red poppies were among the first plants to bloom in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium. (RD)

Poppies did not illuminate Sydney's iconic Opera House from the Mrs Macquarie Chair one could only view it from the Quay side - it was half litđź’ˇ - the for the poppies appeared as we headed for Lord Nelson ...Local Mascot boy Mr Graham brought something unique to the City skies even if only the better half is lit ... The Sydney Opera House will be covered in red poppies on Friday Night as part of Remembrance Day commemorations.
NSW Premier Mike Baird has been a great supporter of the initiative, which was proposed by Mascot RSL's President Paul Graham. The projections will start at 8pm on November 11, the day which marks the anniversary of the armistice at the end of the First World War.
Why do we wear poppies on Remembrance Day? They were the first flowers to grow on the battlefields of France and Belgium following the war and their vivid red colour is symbolic of sacrifice.