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Out of the Sun - Spitfire

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On Remberence Day, for all those I never knew and for those of my colleagues and friends in recent times.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

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.

The "Ode of Remembrance" is an ode taken from Laurence Binyon's poem, "For the Fallen", which was first published in The Times in September 1914.
'For The Fallen' plaque with The Rumps promontory beyond

The poet wrote For the Fallen, which has seven stanzas, while sitting on the cliffs between Pentire Point and The Rumps in north Cornwall, UK. A stone plaque was erected at the spot in 2001 to commemorate the fact. The plaque bears the inscription:

For the Fallen
Composed on these cliffs 1914

There is also a plaque on the beehive monument on the East Cliff above Portreath in central North Cornwall which cites that as the place where Binyon composed the poem.

The poem honoured the World War I British war dead of that time, and in particular the British Expeditionary Force, which had by then already had high casualty rates on the developing Western Front. The poem was published when the Battle of the Marne was foremost in people's minds.
War memorial in ChristChurch Cathedral, Christchurch, NZ

Over time, the third and fourth stanzas of the poem (although often just the fourth) were claimed as a tribute to all casualties of war, regardless of state.

The phrase Lest we forget is often added as a final line at the end of the ode and repeated in response by those listening, especially in Australia. In the United Kingdom and New Zealand, the final line of the ode, "We will remember them", is repeated in response. In Canada, the last stanza of the above extract has become known as the Act of Remembrance, and the final line is also repeated.

The second line of the fourth stanza, 'Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn', draws upon Enobarbus' description of Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra: 'Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale'.

The "Ode of Remembrance" is regularly recited at memorial services held on days commemorating World War I, such as ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day, and Remembrance Sunday. In Australia's Returned and Services Leagues, it is read out nightly at 6 p.m., followed by a minute's silence. In New Zealand it is part of the Dawn service at 6 a.m. Recitations of the "Ode of Remembrance" are often followed by a playing of the Last Post. In Canadian remembrance services, a French translation is often used along with or instead of the English ode.

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11 Nov 2012 3:13PM
I didn't think much of the photo, Until I read your words. I am now 71 years old and remember the Luffwaffe Bombers flying over our house in Loughborough in 1943. They were on their way to bomb Coventry.
Now, your picture is great. Pete Howe

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11 Nov 2012 3:54PM

Quote:I didn't think much of the photo, Until I read your words. I am now 71 years old and remember the Luffwaffe Bombers flying over our house in Loughborough in 1943. They were on their way to bomb Coventry.
Now, your picture is great. Pete Howe

Ditto Pete. It was one of only two pictures I'd snapped of a Spitfire that I could associate to Rememerance Day Pete, unfortunately I know it's not a great picture. I also wanted to show a representation of the RAF. The events of Coventry were shocking and devastating. Thank you for looking, commenting and caring.
moiral 8 12 Scotland
11 Nov 2012 4:01PM
No matter what the shot looks like, it is the sentiment behind it that matters. A very informative and interesting narrative.
I am lucky - my brother completed his 25 years and came home to us. Moira
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2012 4:47PM
Well chosen for this special day - thanks for your comment and link
Humblebee 6 1 England
11 Nov 2012 11:33PM
In this instance it truly is the thought that counts and your narrative was so very informative ... Carol
12 Nov 2012 12:18AM
A very fitting tribute

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