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In the Eleventh Month, On the Eleventh Day, At the Eleventh Hour

Through these fields of destruction
Baptisms of fire
I’ve witnessed your suffering
As the battle raged higher
And though they hurt me so bad
In the fear and alarm
You did not desert me
My brothers in arms

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  • David November 11, 2017, 1:36 PM

    My grandfather was on the battlefield on that day. A man that died 20 years before I was born. In a way, I have lived in his shadow all my life, as he was my mother’s father, and she spoke of his antics often.
    And now, I think there is no longer anyone alive who actually knew him. His grave, with my grandmother, lies next to my parents. As long as I live, I will remember him.

    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.

  • Nori November 11, 2017, 7:18 PM

    Now listen,old Pal of Mine,
    I’ve fought from the Vesle up to the Rhine,
    At Baccarat and Argonne Wood
    I did my bit as best I could.
    Cut my way through oceans of wire,
    And stood the test when under fire,
    Lain in the cold and rain all night,
    fought like hell for what I thot was right.
    Marched to bands and felt mighty proud,
    because I was one of that fighting crowd.
    Now I’m back in this land of ours,
    Will be in my civies in a few short hours.
    Somehow or other it all seems bare,
    and I feel like hell when people stare;
    Some are thinking of loved ones lost,
    Others of how much we’re going to cost.
    And that’s the bunch I’m sore about,
    Patriots who were so willing to shout,
    Then turn us out when we came home,
    On two months’ pay, in the world to roam.

    “The Price”
    History and Rhymes of the Lost Battalion by Buck Private McCollum
    WW I

    Your namesake’s story never fails to make me appreciate the sacrifice, and the enormity of it to those who are still here.
    Thank you.

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