Thursday, June 2, 2016

Remembrance Day

I meant to post this on Memorial Day:

In many countries -- United Kingdom, Canada, and others both within and outside of the Commonwealth -- their Memorial Day is called Remembrance Day, and it falls on November 11th of each year. It evolved out of celebrations of Armistice Day, and honors all those who died in the line of duty. The blood red poppies that bloomed so fiercely across the fields of Flanders after the slaughter there are a familiar symbol of the day.

Mark Knopfler's "Remembrance Day" captures the poignancy and sorrowful pride of the observance:

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