Remembrance Sunday 2016

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For the Fallen

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.

Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), published in The Times newspaper on 21st September 1914.

It is obviously, entirely correct at this time to remember all those that have perished in War, including the 1,139 individuals that were killed with 75(NZ) Squadron.

5 thoughts on “Remembrance Sunday 2016

  1. anne fortune

    On Flanders field. This is a beautiful version of the poem and suitable for all the young lives lost in the 20th Century.

    On Sun, Nov 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM, 75(nz)squadron wrote:

    > 75nzsquadron posted: ” For the Fallen 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 r” >

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  2. juliaathome

    As always Simon we are utterly indebted to you for your amazing devotion and commitment to creating such an incredible memorial and reference source for all those who ever had anything to do with 75 (NZ) Squadron. Thank you for being so ridiculously over ambitious!!!

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