Stronger together – from conflict to inspiration

Stronger together – from conflict to inspiration

Remembrance Day 11th November 2012

Stronger together – from conflict to inspiration Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. This day, or alternative dates, are also recognized as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month,” in accordance with the Armistice, signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. (“At the 11th hour” refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 a.m.) World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919. [1] The day was specifically dedicated by King George V on 7 November 1919 as a day of remembrance for members of the armed forces who were killed during World War I. This was possibly done upon the suggestion of Edward George Honey to Wellesley Tudor Pole, who established two ceremonial periods of remembrance based on events in 1917.[2] The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem “In Flanders Fields“. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.

Source of information – Wikipedia

Stronger together – from conflict to inspiration

What a glorious day here in North Devon where we celebrated Remembrance Sunday at the War Memorial in Northam on a hill overlooking the beach at Westward Ho! where we live with a panoramic view of the beautiful coastline and hills and Lundy Island in the distance. It was reported that there were record attendances at many such places across the United Kingdom and so many gathered here to pay their respects to the fallen and injured in so many conflicts.

We all had our personal thoughts and memories which inspired us to give our grateful thanks to all those heroes who made sacrifices in past years, and of course more recently, to make it possible for people today to look forward to a much better life now and in the future.

There follows a short introduction about the power of inspiration which in the last year or so has gone viral around the world. Of course it is the wonderful story of the Military Wives Choir which started in a small way at the Military Marine Base in Chivenor just a few miles away from here!

Published on Sep 14, 2012 by BritishForcesNews

Almost 700 military wives and girlfriends descended on Wellington Barracks in London earlier today for the launch of the Military Wives Choir Foundation. It has been set up to support the choirs that have been springing up in garrisons around the world since the programme The Choir: Military Wives aired last year. They also announced the launch of their new album ‘Stronger Together’. The first choir was formed by Gareth Malone at the Royal Marine’s Base Chivenor last year and was documented for a BBC programme. At the start of this year there were just five choirs but they have become so popular there are now more than 50. The Military Wives Choirs Foundation has been set up to support the expanding network of choirs that now includes groups from Cyprus and Germany. It is backed by SSAFA. It has been a year of firsts for this army of choristers who will find out next month if they can add a classical Brit award to their list of achievements for their single “Wherever You Are”.

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2 Responses to Stronger together – from conflict to inspiration

  1. Great to see You on Your Blog John (big smiles :) ) Lovely post to commemorate Poppy Day, and I love that it was on a Sunday this year, seems to make it more special somehow. The Military Wives have been an inspiration to so many, bringing communities together and attention to the military, past and present. Also, I’m sure each of them are inspired by the pleasure they bring and they must feel full of self-confidence and are enjoying their journey – just like we’re enjoying ours :)
    thanks John
    Jacs

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