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We Will Remember Them

I was here at 11.11.11.


THE FINAL INSPECTION

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

‘Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you ?
Have you always turned the other cheek ?
To My Church have you been true?’

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
‘No, Lord, I guess I ain’t.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep…
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

‘Step forward now, you soldier,
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'

Author Unknown~

Menin Gate.

The register shows a Louis Grimble and an Annie Rose (formerly Grimble).
My Belgian grandchildren are called Louis and Annemie Rose!
Ever felt someone walked over your grave?

Our village gathers in front of the mairie which is alongside our war memorial.

Our war memorial.

Allons enfants….

Our local band….

A floral tribute from the local school.

Four medals I saved from a dilapidated home ( 15 years empty) we restored back in 1990.

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    • # Jacki

      A very nice tribute post. It's interesting to see the 'sameness' in many of these across the world.

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    • # Stefan Fletcher

      I have kept the medials (including the "Bronze ha'penny") of some of my great uncles (over 20 all told) whose sole surviving remains they are.

      One of the more interesting revisionist historians, Niall Ferguson, wrote a fascinating treatment of the Great War that I strongly recommend: "The Pity of War".

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    • # Graham

      yes we will remenber them in our own way but we all should remember nice set

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