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Wednesday 11 November 2009

In Flanders Fields ...

Today is the 91st anniversary of the Armistice which took effect on the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918 and which brought to an end four years of bloody conflict in what has become known to history as the 'Great War', or 'World War I' - or more optimistically the 'war to end all wars'. Unfortunately the last was a forlorn hope, for just over twenty years later another 'world war' came along to cause yet more deaths, bloodshed and destruction, not to mention the expenditure of further huge amounts of wealth. Whilst we have so far been spared another 'world war', there have been many regional conflicts in the years since, as well as numerous civil wars - all of which have added to the score of human suffering. Perhaps one day wars will exist only in the history books, rather than being the daily reality for far too many people around the world.

'In Flanders Fields' written by Lt Col John McCrae
'For the Fallen' (excerpt) written by Laurence Binyon

In respectful memory of all those killed so needlessly in war then
- and tragically those whose lives are lost in war to this day.

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