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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 3:15 pm    Post subject: For The Fallen Reply with quote

For The Fallen

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

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.


They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Robert Laurence Binyon


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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

75 years on from D-Day.


“When you go Home, tell them of us and say,
For your Tomorrow, we gave our Today”


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Helen May



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So moving Becky.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's been a very moving week. The BBC doing what it does best. Some great radio (5 Live Breakfast) and the D-Day commemorations on BBC 1, along with other programmes scattered around. As you would expect, seeing the corporation played such a huge part in keeping up morale at home and abroad.

We'll never see their like again. A remarkable generation.

Bless 'em all.
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