Lest We Forget

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.

Take up your quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, 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.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Dedicated to all the brave Men and Women who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for their Country and their God.

For those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we are grateful that such men and women were among us. For those who continue to serve, we honour their commitment. For those who return to civilian life, we honour their service.


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13 Responses to Lest We Forget

  1. Bob Rust says:

    Well, well seems you can give it out but you cannot take it. You make horrible remarks about other people but cannot cope with criticism yourself. Block me and it will confirm my belief that free speech is quite beyond you.


    • Watchman says:

      This particular item is about the Fallen and nothing else. None of your comments so far have added anything constructive to any topic. If all you can offer is criticism of one person you are a sad individual. Free speech has nothing to do with moderating this blog.
      Use your free speech to speak out for those that are denied theirs. But use it responsibly: it is a powerful thing.


  2. Bob Rust says:

    Mmmm, hit a nerve have we? Whining on about the Labour party again.


  3. S Thornton says:

    I will only divulge details of my Army Career to personal friends and those who I know I can trust, this is for Security reasons.
    It does not surprise me that “Mr Rust” is asking this question, he is probably a supporter of those Labour Parish Cllrs who have been trying to investigate my Military Career in order to try and use it against me. How do I know that Labour Party Members have been investigating me, one of them let it slip in conversation .
    I find this sort of “Investigation” sinister.
    This shows how low Labour Party Members and supporters will stoop in order to try and discredit somebody who stands up against them.
    When I post a comment, I use my real name why don’t you “Mr Rust”.


  4. Bob Rust says:

    I think it is pertinent to ask this question here. It does not harm anyone and would inform us all. Mr Thornton does not seem to mind bringing up his troubles on the council on this particular thread, he opened the door for such a question.


    • Watchman says:

      As I understand Cllr.Thornton’s post he commented on Cllr.Brindley in the first 14 words and in the last line only. “it does not harm anyone………….”
      Petty squabbles harms the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.


  5. S Thornton says:

    Not only did Cllr Joyce Brindley make those disparaging remarks at the Electors Meeting, when I turned up at the Remembrance Day Parade at the church in 2013, she looked at me, then turned to her Husband and said “what`s he doing here, ” in a sneering voice. She was questioning the right of an Ex Serviceman to attend the Parade. She then went and stood by Cllr Bridges and others and began making more comments, whilst looking back up the hill towards me.
    On a Day of Remembrance, when we should be thinking of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, is it really appropriate to make such remarks.
    Form those who know her from the Parish Council, its not surprising, its just a shame she stoops so low.


    • Bob Rust says:

      Much is made of your military career Mr Thornton, perhaps you would like to expand a little on it. For instance what regiment did you serve in and where did you have to go.
      If you are going to rely on using your army career to bolster your standing as a councillor we need to know something about it.


    • Watchman says:

      Whilst your comments are welcome you should ask your question about Cllr.Thornton’s military service at a Parish Council meeting, not on the item devoted to Rememberance.


  6. LEN says:

    Hear Hear to the above comments. A lack of poppies at the meeting and why was Ian St.John and his wife leading the remembrance parade. Granted the chairman such as he is, could lead the parade but these two out of towners who do so much like the limelight should respect the day and take a back seat instead of pushing themselves forward, this was not the place. The Clr who had been a serving and decorated soldier should have been the one to lead the parade wth the chairman.


  7. Valerie Sheldon Ennis says:

    My son served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and I am very proud of him.
    At a Parish Electors’ meeting 2013, Parish Councillor Joyce Brindley made derogatory comments in respect of Cllr.Thornton’s 25 year Army career. These remarks are totally uncalled for – Our brave men and women serve so that we can live in a democratic country. There is now no conscription and to the men and women who volunteer everybody should give grateful thanks.

    Those who made and those who are prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice SHOULD be honoured.

    Thank you to this site for the courtesy shown to the brave.


  8. Marvellous – Thank you very much


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