Saturday, November 14, 2009


Reflection of the Croydon Library ..... the lake was next to where the Remembrance Day Service was held .... where war veterans, family and civilians reflected on past wars and how fortunate they are living in a wonderful free country - AUSTRALIA ..... !!!!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

THE 11th OF THE 11th OF THE 11th

Today is Remembrance Day.

At 11 am on 11 November 1918, after more than four years of continuous fighting in Belgium and northern France, firing ceased along the Western Front.

So at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we remember those who died or who had suffered during wars. After the end of the Second World War, the name ‘Armistice Day’ was changed to Remembrance Day so that day would commemorate all war dead.

As a mark of respect to those who have suffered and died, people in Australia are encouraged to stop what they are doing at 11 am to observe one minute’s silence and reflect on the loss and suffering caused by war.
Ern and I went to our local service - IT WAS SUCH A HOT DAY - I felt sooooo sorry for those veterans wearing suits and ties (Ern was one of them .....) ..... but noooooo way would they not dress up for the occasion regardless of the weather.

The Melbourne Shrine of Rememberance is 75 years old today.

The red poppies which bloomed on the battlefields at Ypres in 1915 inspired Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae to write the poem, In Flanders Fields. He was a Canadian surgeon attached to the 1st Field Artillery Brigade during the battle of Ypres.