Lest We Forget

Today is Remembrance Day.We Remember

The date marks the anniversary of the armistice that ended WW1.

Every year, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, the people of Australia take a minute of silence to remember those who suffered or died in war & armed conflict.

This year is the 95th anniversary of that armistice.  But not only that, it is also the 20th anniversary of the reinterment of the Unknown Australian Soldier into the Hall of Memory in the Australian War Memorial.

RSLs head out with collection tins & donations are thanked with a wire stemmed poppy.  This photograph holds the four poppies that we bought this year.

This photograph also holds my partner’s service boots.

I used his current ones rather than his spares, as the new ones don’t have the imprint of the Rising Sun for some reason. But I prefer these anyway, because their worn-ness gives the shot that bit more emotion.

I’d nicked (borrowed really) his medals, slouch hat & dress uniform out of his cupboard to photograph originally, but I ended up settling instead for simple, well worn & used instead of shiny & polished.

So here they are, slightly clean yet mud stained from wear, with poppies of remembrance.

 

In Flanders’ Fields
Colonel John McCrae

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 Flanders’ Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders’ Fields.