Tactical Command

Lest We Forget (2020)
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Author:  CyberShadow [ Tue Nov 10, 2020 5:30 am ]
Post subject:  Lest We Forget (2020)

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.

Author:  Legion 4 [ Tue Nov 10, 2020 3:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Lest We Forget (2020)

Amen to that ...

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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