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A Day To Remember – 11th November 2007

Posted by cotojo on November 10, 2007


by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

I saw the soldiers marching, one drear November day,
Those heroes bold, from wars of old, in countries far away.
I heard the drums like thunder, the sound of marching feet,
As men of ancient valor marched down our little street.

I heard the skirl of bagpipes, the blare of brasses bold,
As heroes from another time relived the days of old.
The old, the halt, the lame, the slow, they marched with solemn pace,
To honor comrades fallen at another time and place.

I felt the tightness in my throat, the tears that burned my eyes,
As I watched the quiet dignity of old men marching by.
The fine young men, and women too, in battles long ago,
Who gave their youth and some, their lives,to fight our country’s foe.

On this day will be remembered by comrades who remain,
And by the heavens, weeping, with softly falling rain.
The medals softly jingling on every passing chest,
In memory of companions who’ve long been laid to rest.

There are some unfit, and some who sit, in wheelchairs, row on row,
While they recall what price was paid to turn our country’s foe.
And some will stand with tear-dimmed eyes, and some with faces grim,
While all repeat the solemn vow,

Credit: 2004 A. Lawrence Vaincourt

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.

To All My Loved Ones                     The Soldier  

Prayer for Those Whose Loved Ones Are Missing

This is not just a time to pay tribute to those who fought for our freedom during WWI and WWII, but to ALL servicemen and servicewomen around the globe who have fought in many battles since and many of whom are once again on active service.  Our thoughts and prayers will be with them too for their safe return.

For my part I shall be paying tribute to the guy who was my best buddy, we joined the service together, trained as soldiers then played our roles, dancing to the politicians tune.  I returned, my best mate didn’t.  It could have been me as we were side by side watching out for each other.

Countless others could tell the same story, the waste of another life.  Some things in life we never forget, and for me this is one that will never be forgotten.

God Bless and peace be with you.

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To All My Loved Ones

Posted by cotojo on June 7, 2007

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glint on snow
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there – I did not die.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain
When you awake in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there – I did not die.

Following quote from:

About the Song
This poem first came to notice when it was reproduced in the Daily Mail, March 10th, 1989. It had been enclosed with a letter sent by Stephen Cummins, a young soldier, to his parents, to be opened only in the event of his death.

Stephen died on March 9th when a landmine blew up beneath his Landrover in Londonderry. The poem immediately caught the public’s imagination and it was hailed in the press as “the most requested poem in the English language in the past 60 years” and “the poem that takes the nation by storm.”

There have been many claims as to the origin of this poem, but the following pdf document is worth reading:

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