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.


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.


© Sue W-nansfarm.net 2017 

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


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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