Remember the Alamo

Remember the Somme!  Remember D-Day!  Remember Korea!  Remember Iraq!  Remember Afghanistan!  And while you’re at it, remember the brave, selfless members of the Armed Forces who have put themselves in harm’s way, in the past and the present, so that you can peacefully celebrate their bravery and sacrifice.

November 11th is almost upon us.  Here in Canada it is known as Remembrance Day.  In the U.S. it is known as Veterans Day.  Other countries have different names for it, but it’s all the same thing.

Despite the somewhat twisted outlook of some anti-war protesters, this Day, and our reverence and respect for it, and the people it represents, are not an acceptance or celebration of war.  Rather, it is the celebration of the end of one of the largest, deadliest conflicts the world has seen, and an ongoing prayer that we might see the end of all such conflicts.

Some peace-lovers denigrate the military, but even the most devout of pacifists should remember that wolves and coyotes exist.  The peaceful shepherd employs a sheep-dog or two to remind them that they have to get past some hired fangs, to get to the lambs.

I hate war and conflict as much as any peacenik.  I devoutly wish it did not exist.  If you also hate war, good for you.  But remember, and honor, those in the past, and those who continue in the present, to give so much, so that we all may have so much, in peace!

I was going to proceed with Remembrance Day, and Poppy trivia, but that just takes away from the importance of the central theme.  Wear a Poppy, with pride and appreciation.  Attend a cenotaph ceremony, or at least watch one on television.  Hug a Veteran, gently, or salute one, or at least thank one, for going in harm’s way, that we might continue to enjoy our peaceful lifestyle.

Remember the Maine!  Remember Pearl Harbor!  Remember Dieppe!  Remember your safe and happy family.  Remember the cost to our protectors, and their families.  The American Thanksgiving Day is coming, remember to be thankful to those who ensure that we can celebrate it.

Remember to observe two minutes of soberly contemplative silence, Sunday morning at 11:00 AM, and

                                                    SALUTE

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11 thoughts on “Remember the Alamo

  1. Amen, Archon. I really like the idea of poppies on Remembrance Day. I had actually never heard of the custom until I lived in London. Calling it “Veterans Day” seems a bit restricting because there’s so much to remember aside from the brave veterans.

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  2. whiteladyinthehood says:

    That was great, Archon!

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  3. Well done, my friend. As I quoted in my lead-in post, “Hate war, but love the warrior”. It’s sad that this day, in a way quite holy, has become in the US a cheap excuse for mattress sales and such. We would be well-served to take a page from you folk in Canada, and from our mother country of Britain, and take 2 minutes this Sunday to salute, pray, remember, or just think. Think about the millions of soldiers, in every country around the world, who have set aside their lives – sometimes permanently – to defend home, God, country, and especially peace.
    For that old saying is still so true – for all our yesterdays, they gave all their tomorrows. I think that’s worth two minutes of our lives, once a year – at the very least.

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    • Argus says:

      That quote is from the memorial for the fallen at Kohima (WW2) which in itself was inspired by the Spartan quote from Thermopylae, which was possibly inspired by … my point being that war goes back a long way. Honour warriors? Then thank heavens for self-serving looters, idiots, conscripts, and other slaves; may it never end. (A word to the wise here—it won’t.)

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      • Actually, my quote was a modification of a statement made by Colonel Hal Moore about the battle in the Ia Drang valley and his book “We Were Soldiers Once, And Young”. But regardless of source, I fully realise war has been a major human undertaking, and is not something to be celebrated – hence I did not. Throughout most of history, a soldier was forced to serve at the risk of his life. And the so-called “self-serving looters and idiots” you mention are just as rife in civilian life as in military – actually, more so.
        If you hate soldiers so much, then I’d ask where you live. Because you have your freedom to post your opinion on the Internet because of a long line of soldiers who felt the same about war as you, but got off their duffs and did something to guarantee freedom. Has there been evil in war? Is there evil in man? (Of course, on both counts.) But in the modern era, the soldiers of the US, the UK, and the Commonwealth have fought far more for freedom and safety from threat, and done far more good for mankind, than your feeble attempts to disrespect them.
        You don’t like soldiers? I hear there aren’t many willing to defend you in African countries – might I suggest emigration? Otherwise, you are perfectly welcome to your opinion, but I’d ask that you use your own blog to put through blanket statements of condemnation based on your vague generalisations. (By the way, the computer you type on, the Internet you connect to, and the connections themselves were all created or improved by military technology. Chew on that for a bit! 😉 )

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  4. Archon's Den says:

    Thanx John! I knew with your connections and sensibilities, that you would understand. Let’s *Remember* to flash-mob our feelings to our favorite tanker on Sunday.

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  5. Argus says:

    The warrior is just a tool, nothing more and nothing less. Lucky warriors survive to get the accolades while the less fortunate die or go nuts—who wants to hug a bleary snotty rummy nut in a doss house somewhere?

    Why not look instead to preventing wars—? Objectively, I mean …

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