By Baldmichael Theresoluteprotector’sson
11th November 2021
Another day arrives when we remember the fallen from two world wars, those who died in service of their country. That is, those who served in the armed forces.
Of course, we do also remember others who died, those who died in bombing raids for example. Civilians whose lives were lost, perhaps not in service as such but nevertheless who by and large would have been serving their country in large or small ways.
Whilst I have not checked what’s happening this year, last year it was rather different in the UK. Only small ‘crowds’ gathered, were anti-socially distanced (it can’t be called social), and often wore masks.
I say this, because nobody seemed to double-check the gov.uk website where such things were guidance and advice, not mandatory.
In any event, Covid 19 is the seasonal ‘flu made out to be a monster to scare the living daylights out of the already fearful, conditioned to accept stupidity.
What the soldiers of WW1 let alone WW2 would have made of it I don’t know. There are those left alive from the second war, but I can’t find any comments at the moment.
This is the current guidance and advice.
I have noted that:
‘Photography is permitted, but the Metropolitan Police have powers to remove obstacles (such as camera tripods)’
But not Cressida Dick sadly. Removal of such Dicks is painful which is why a substantially male police service (not ‘force’ if you please) find it difficult to face up to.
Anyway, I suppose people will still be somewhat stupid this year and follow the government guidance and advice when it would be pointless to do so. As regards wearing masks, I suggest wearing them on your arms rather than your faces.
Black ones of course. This will show you are in mourning for the loss of loved ones.
These will be the loved ones who died as a result of government manipulation in so-called lockdowns and the foolishness of the populace in failing to love one another because of the ‘flu.
And kowtowing to vaccine mandates or social pressure and having poisonous shots which are injuring many and killing some. Which of course vaccines have always done, but people forget or ignore.
The day itself is marked by 2 minutes silence at 11am. In more recent years we have often had one minute silences to remember a few people. However worthy the sentiment, it is just virtue signalling.
I found this link. There are differing opinions.
However, I think this sums it up nicely.
‘We only have these minute silences for “bad” things that the media and people tell us that we should have a minute silence, but if we truly had a minute silence for all the terrible things that are happening around the world, all the death and destruction what is going on, we as a planet would be silent for god knows how long.’
It reminds me of the passage in Revelation where there is silence in heaven for about half an hour.
I strongly suspect this is the length of time reflecting the huge numbers who have died as a result of Satan’s machinations over the years, all those of God’ children he has murdered through wars, pestilence etc.
Perhaps someone could do a calculation based on 2 minutes for the dead of the first two world wars contrasted with the possible deaths since the world was created.
On a lighter note, one November I noticed a box in a café where my wife and I had stopped for lunch on Anglesey. It said ‘Please help the poppy appeal’.
My in-laws on the island live next door to a couple with a cat called Poppy, so I said ‘I didn’t know they were collecting for next doors cat’!
Of course, poppies are the reminder of the fields on the Western Front during WW1, immortalised it seems by Canadian doctor John McCrae who wrote his poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. The following gives more details.
The memorial services that take place today and on what is called in the UK Remembrance Sunday usually include the following penned by Laurence Binyon
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.”
This link includes other quotes probably less well known.
Written by Wilfred Owen
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest To children ardent for some desperate glory, The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori.
The Latin text means ‘It is sweet and honourable to die for your country’. Is it a lie as Wilfred says? It depends, I suppose, on whether you think it was worth it. Horatio Nelson on board HMS Victory certainly thought so judging by his final words. But in a muddy trench in Flanders Fields, blown to bits with no trace of your body for anyone to find?
People thought it would be a ‘War to end all wars’. It wasn’t, we had another 20 years later. Even that one didn’t finish the job. That is because as I keep saying we are now in WW3, only this time a battle of words.
But people are still dying, many millions dying unnecessarily.
It is often said that the huge losses in WW1 were a consequence of incompetence of the generals in charge. There is a phrase ‘Lions led by donkeys’. This phrase is explained in this link.
It seems to me that this phrase can now apply in the USA. The nation is being led by donkeys, a.k.a .democrats!! After all, the jackass or donkey in the democrats’ symbol, so this seems very reasonable.
And lots of people are dying unnecessarily in the charge to deal with Covid 19, a.k.a the ‘flu.
On a positive note however, this was written by Dylan Thomas. I didn’t know he wrote this.
They shall have stars at elbow and foot; Though they go mad they shall be sane, Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again; Though lovers be lost love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.
The hymn ‘I vow to thee my country ’is usually sung at the memorial services and sung to music from taken from the “Jupiter” movement of Holst’s 1917 suite The Planets. Here’s the text.
I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above,
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;
The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.
And there’s another country, I’ve heard of long ago,
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace.
The first verse says ‘The love that asks no question’. I do not agree with that; it is always good to ask questions. Why are we doing something as stupid as having a war where people die in their millions is a good question.
Why do we follow government diktats when they are obviously stupid is another. Like locking down or having a pointless vaccine which may well harm or kill us.
Still, the second verse of the hymn is better. The verse refers to a king. The king of course is Jesus Christ. He would answer questions, just as the heavenly Father answers questions if you ask Him. Like Father like Son.
The last line might imply that there is not a big fight to undergo. It is just it is a battle of words with a sword of truth tempered with love. Just read the gospels and you will see Jesus at work with His ‘sword’.
He does not mince His words, but they were said out of love even if some things he said were perplexing. He came down hard on the hypocrites of course, but even that is love as it was the truth.
In this war of words, World War Three as I call it, many are fighting for another country, God’s country or kingdom where peace reigns and the Lord God, the Most High is king.
And, as Dylan Thomas says, death shall have no dominion.
But for now many are still falling in battle, many are wounded or lamed in the fight. So let us remember the fallen today and remember Jesus too.
P.S. Lest we forget, there is to be a resurrection of the dead, all of them, so it is not all doom and gloom. And as far as I am concerned this had better be the Last Battle or else!
If you are interested and haven’t read before, here are some links