Eleventh of the eleventh at eleven

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.”
~ Robert Laurence Binyon

The “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.

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This date in many allied nations is known as Remembrance Day and Veterans Day. It marks the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France.

This week I visited a cemetery where there are two small areas of  Commonwealth war graves.

Walking amongst the graves and reading the inscriptions on the headstones was a moving experience. The young men, the occupants of many of these commonwealth graves, were simply boys, innocents, the neophytes in a war. Boys, whose lives were fated to be temporary, souls on loan to the mothers who bore them and eventually  mourned them, young men who were destined to be buried in a country so very far from home.

We will remember them.

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© Sue W-nansfarm.net 2017 

In response to the word challenge Neophyte and linked to the photo challenge Temporary

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16 thoughts on “Eleventh of the eleventh at eleven

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  2. So sad that the message brought forward by the annual remembrance is not taken completely to heart: wars are exercises in futility. The Binyon quote, though, shows how beauty can be brought out of the greatest of horrors …

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