Armistice-Veterans Day: MIA-KIA?

arlington national cemetery

The surest sign that there is a lack of patriotism in a country is when people jump up to ensure that we make a distinction between Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the one being for the dead and the other for the living.

Here’s the deal: the living Vets thoughts and prayers on this Veterans Day go to their brothers who died in battle.

Lest we forget.

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4 responses to “Armistice-Veterans Day: MIA-KIA?

  1. In Australia we have something we say on Anzac day primarily, the 25th of April but also on the 11th, Remembrance day as we call it here.

    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.
    Lest we should forgot.

    • 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 is a verse from a poem entitled ‘For the Fallen’ by Robert Laurence Binyon

      It is something that we in the UK often share and reflect upon on remembrance day. We only have one day (November 11th) where we remember all that have suffered (living or dead) in conflicts .

      This year we reflect on the centenary of the end of WW1.

  2. pelerin

    What a sad picture – look at the dates. Will we ever learn?

    In Britain the end of WWI has long been celebrated on the nearest Sunday to November 11th. This year it seems particularly poignant that the 11th should actually fall on a Sunday.

    My Parish Priest celebrated three Requiems today for the fallen the last of which I attended being a beautiful Missa Cantata complete with black vestments rarely seen today and a sung ‘Dies irae’.

    At the end of Mass the organist played the Last Post (using the stop sounding like a bugle) – a spine tingling moment.

  3. Nan

    My great uncle is one of two for whom the VFW in mom’s little town was named, both lost in WWI.

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