A day of remembrance, a day of celebration too

Well, seriously, given the date and everything, what else were you expecting tonight?

Strictly, the centenary of the significance of the 11th November is still 4 years away, but given this is the centenary of the start of World War 1, its a major landmark anyway. And at the 11th hour today, we have, or will (depending on your time zone) remember them.

Not that we just remember those who fell during that awful war, but on the battlefields everywhere, ever since. I suppose, strictly, those who died before too, but its fair to say that 1918 was of course the day that Remembrance Day over here, Veterans Day in the US, is the one that all are remembered for.

No, I’m not going to get political on the matter, though its fair to say that in hindsight, the leaders on both sides in WW1 didnt think too much about planning.

But anyway, for all those brave souls who died then, and since then, I remember, and respect all you did for us, who followed you.

Oh, the celebration? Well, two friends, one long term, one who I have only got to know recently both celebrate their birthday today.

The new one, that wonderful lady who showed Kate, and I around Cherryvale, less than 2 months ago. I think it was towards the end of last year when we first made contact, due to a posting I made about, yes, going to Cherryvale, the home town of Louise Brooks. Finally, I got to meet her in September, and she was just as wonderful to me in real life, as she had been in cyberspace.

Thanks, Tina, hope you’ve had a wonderful day.

Its fair to say I’ve known James a lot longer, though I’m not sure now, just how many years it has been. But in that time, he has become a true friend, a confidant, my editor, to name but 3 things! This man is simply amazing, believe me. Oh, and to top all this, he is the one who has invited me, in less than 2 weeks now, to celebrate Thanksgiving with him, my first time doing so.

So yes, as well as remembering the brave who died fighting for us, I am celebrating the birthday of 2 wonderful people.

The video, well yes, its a war related one, though possibly not one that people would immediately relate to events.

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We mustnt forget

Some would quite rightly say, one of my more serious posts on here. Tomorrow is the 11th day, of the 11th month, and 94 years ago, it held even more significance than now. Yes, the end of WW1. We cannot possibly imagine what they went through in that war, I doubt we could even imagine it as awful as I suspect the reality was. No, I’m not going to get critical of leaders on either side, just admire those brave men who followed their orders. All survivors are now gone to a better place, to join their friends from those awful battlefields once again. Indeed, earlier this year we lost the last survivor of the Battle of Britain, a whole war later.  So please, wherever you are, at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, take a few moments to remember them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4NtSqZcT_4

On a slightly more lighthearted item, it was when I was doing my NFL picks this week, that I noticed one fixture, which probably means more to two people than most, Buffalo @ New England. A better placing in the schedule, and it would have been a game I might have been going to. But as the weather recently has proved, we did the right thing by not waiting for now to take that holiday lol!

One last addition to this, tomorrow is a very special persons birthday, and I just like to mention it here. No name, they will know who I mean, and for the rest, its just a nice milestone in their life. Someone who has done a lot for me, and surely will again, given the chance. Thank you.