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In Europe, the end of WW II came when Germany surrendered to Allied forces on May 7th, 1945, but hostilities didn’t officially end until May 8th, and so that is the date on which people in the UK and most of Europe still celebrate VE (Victory In Europe) Day. Russians celebrate it on May 9th, […]


In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie, In […]


https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-envoy-discovers-patriotic-hymns-canadian-connection/article12402385/ I Vow To Thee, My Country 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 questions, 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 […]


Music has helped both civilians and troops get through wars.


The Soldier If I should die, think only this of me: That there’s some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England. There shall be In that rich earth a richer dust concealed; A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware, Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam, A body […]


It is now one hundred years since the guns of WW I ceased fire. Sadly, the war to end all wars did not end all wars. So, in remembering those who fell (on both sides), and those whose lives were devastated by their falling (on both sides), pray that the world begins to put more […]


That’s me, in 1964, by the grave of an uncle I never met. My father, and five more uncles (two paternal, three maternal) returned from WW II, but Andrew Stewart Duke was killed in a military accident and lies in Brookwood Military Cemetery in England. Another uncle, Daniel Harrison, died when his bomber went down […]


“In Flanders Fields” is one poem many people know by heart. Penned by a Canadian doctor and poet serving in Europe in WW I, it first appeared in the December 1915 edition of Punch magazine. It was written to commemorate the death of a friend, but Lt. Col. John MacCrae did not survive the Great […]


Here are some November celebrations and events with histories kids might like to investigate. All Saints’ Day (November 1st, Traditional Christian Communities worldwide) Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) (November 1st & 2nd, Mexico) Ashura (November 3rd, Muslim Communities worldwide) Guy Fawkes Day (November 5th, UK & Commonwealth) Remembrance Day (November 11th, Europe, UK […]


“You are young … time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions.” – Plato Plato was right. When I was a teen-ager (and knew everything) I wore a peace medal to protest what was happening in Vietnam and thought Remembrance Day services simply “glorified war” at a time everyone should have focused on […]

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