Remember the War Dead

by admin on May 25, 2009

Funny, I didn't know that it was going to be Memorial Day in the US until some posters in a forum started talking about it on the weekend. Here in Canada, we have Remembrance Day on November 11th - To be precise, the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the exact time when the armistice of WWI was put into effect.

Now, although the British observe two minutes of silence on November 11th, they have Remembrance Sunday as their main day of honour.

Interestingly, Memorial Day predates Remembrance Day, as the fourth Monday of every month in May was originally set aside to remember the fallen soliders of the Civil War of America (1861-65).

Not all former British dominions have Remembrance Day as a holiday: Australians and New Zealanders have ANZAC day on April 25th to remember their war dead.

The Italians remember their dead on November 4th. The Germans have Volkstrauertag, two Sundays before the first of Advent. I don't know what day the Russians have to remember their dead.

The last Monday of the month of May seems a fine time to remember the war dead. Good weather to visit the cemetaries. My grandfather survived Dunkirk, 4 years of POW camp,  and Soviet internship to later die at a ripe old age of 93 in his native England. I have a great-uncle who was aboard the HMS Hood when it met the Bismarck in 1941.

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