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Pauline Lerner

Veteran's Day, 2009

November 12, 2009 at 4:24 AM

Today, November 11, people in countries around the world observe Veteran's Day / Armistice Day, a holiday created to honor the millions of people who died in World War I, "The War To End All Wars."

Eric Bogle wrote a song called "The Green Fields of France" or "William MacBride" for this holiday. It is a very powerful song. For several years after I learned it, I could not listen to it or play it by myself. I had to do it in the company of friends to give me strength. It still affects me deeply. I cried and at times, had to avert my eyes, when I watched this video. This video is very special, too. It was put together by a 12th grader for a sociology class. She said that she wanted it to represent not only World War I, but all wars.

The chorus of the song, which starts with "Did they beat the drums slowly..." describes a traditional Scottish funeral rite. "The Flowers of the Forest" is played at Scottish funerals and other Scottish gatherings to honor the fallen.

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on November 13, 2009 at 12:52 AM

Thanks for the reminder.  I hate war and find fighting so... (I'm better not to tell) but those who died were all living people and animals (because much animals were exploited in wars as well...) who didn't deserve such a thing.  They are such stories of courage, mutual help, bravory yet terrible suffering as well etc.  I hope these terrible events will terrorize people ennough so that no one will start over again. No, we must not forget.

May they rest in peace,


From Pauline Lerner
Posted on November 13, 2009 at 4:35 AM

Anne-Marie, I couldn't think of a good way to end my blog, but you wrote it.  May they rest in peace.

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