Monday, November 15, 2010

Veterans Day, U.K. style

All week long preparations were being made for the Veterans Day remembrance or Armistice Day as it is still referred to here.
Schoolchildren learn about the first World War, the one that was said to end all wars. They also learn of WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan.
Like the U.S. poppies are sold to help with costs for war vets who have been injured or otherwise are in need of some sort of assistance.
Saturday evening in London, units from throughout the U.K. payed respects to the fallen in a two-hour-long ceremony with the Royal Family in attendance.
Sunday morning, churches continued the mood, some holding part of their services outside at the site of war memorials found in many villages around here.
Sunday was also the day for wreaths to be placed at the U.K.'s most revered and popular monument, the Cetapoh near London. We used to celebrate Armistice Day in the U.S.
Now, it's called Veterans Day and doesn't get near the recognition it should.
I was standing at a monument in Almondbury, when an older gentleman, dressed in a full dress military uniform, his chest practically covered in medals, approached.
When he got to the monument, he stopped, faced it, then bowed. He placed a small wooden cross with a poppy attached alongside the monument, bowed and left.
The name on the monument was that of a Korean War veteran and the dates. They don't forget the sacrifices made for them over here.

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