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Lest We Forget (2018)

 Post subject: Lest We Forget (2018)
PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:57 am 
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2018 is a very important year, marking the 100 year anniversary of the end of the Great War. As such, this 11/11 holds even more significance than previously.

These boards are relatively neutral on any and all topics. For a hobby which makes a game of war, we are careful not to point fingers, assign blame, and are generally careful to respect all sides in conflict and history. The boards stay away from religious views and festivals, and we are not here to judge or accuse.

As part of this there is one exception, and that is Remembrance Sunday (linked with Armistice Day, Veterans Day and known by various titles worldwide). While I acknowledge that some countries have an alternative day for this, being English and this being largely the most common date (from my UK-centric perspective) we use this as our date.

At this time of year, the boards are redecorated to commemorate the day signifying the anniversary of the end of the First World War, which is now taken as in international day of memory and thanks for all those who have fought in all wars.

I choose to mark this event on this site. This is the only official event that this site marks. I don't want to get into political debates, and I don't want to open the doors to many other, equally deserving, events. I chose to mark this event in respect of all people, from all nationalities and backgrounds, who have fought, and in many cases sacrificed, for the principles that they believe in, and the world that we live in, no matter what side they were on.

I don't decorate this site for any other events - we don't put Christmas decorations up, and we don't pretend to be Hello Kitty for April Fools.

I strongly believe that, as members of a hobby closely related to these events, we have a responsibility not to take this for granted, and to remember. I also believe that this is a critical period in history, when the veterans of the 'great wars' are becoming fewer and fewer, and the subsequent generations who did not live through these times have a responsibility to remember, and not take our world for granted, or take for granted the relative peace that we have which enables us the luxury to remain safe in our homes and play games simulating wars we hope that we will never know.

Thank you.
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 Post subject: Re: Lest We Forget (2018)
PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:33 am 
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Rightly so, thanks Iain.

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 Post subject: Re: Lest We Forget (2018)
PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:20 am 
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For the 100th year since the first world war, I thought I'd share this tool of remembrance.

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/m ... er-7527694

You can enter your post code/town and street, and it will tell you if anyone lost their life in the Great War who lived at your address.

My last house recorded a man who died on the 1st November, 1918.

I will remember them.

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 Post subject: Re: Lest We Forget (2018)
PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:53 pm 
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Yes, may we never forget … and yes … may they all RIP. Here in the USA it is called Veteran's Day. Many here have little idea what it's all about. What happened 100 years ago, but many Vets like myself ... we remember …

We'll be getting together on that day and the few days that follow. To remember and share our fellowship as Veterans and remember those that have come before … We honor and salute them.

And in some cases hope to see them on the other side. Like my Father who was an Infantry SGT in WWII France and survived to come home. As well as my Mother who made parts for P-39s during the war.


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 Post subject: Re: Lest We Forget (2018)
PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:17 pm 
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Here - here.

As a vet myself - I ask everyone to take a moment to think about the freedoms and advantages we enjoy today because of the sacrifices of others.

AND to pay it forward in some small way.


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