Friday, November 9, 2018


16 million people died during the First World War. As well as 8 million horses and many mules and donkeys. The 'war to end war', penned by HG Wells, became a familiar catchphrase during the war although we know now that the words of David Lloyd George, "This war, like the next war, is the war to end war" are more appropriate.  Sunday marks 100 years since the end of WW1. At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 French, British and German leaders met in a French field and signed the armistice.

Poppies grew in the disturbed ground of the battlefields and became a symbol of Remembrance. This year, the poppy will be the centerpiece of displays throughout Europe, as well as some areas of the USA.

The 2018 movie, They Shall Not Grow Old, which brings us never before seen footage, is a tribute to all those who served and to those who lost their lives. It tells their story in all its brutality. Lest we forget.


  1. Thanks for this beautiful remembrance and reminder. The poppies always elicit strong emotions for me. Blessings on this Veteran's Day/Armistice Day weekend.

  2. I spent the afternoon listening to recollections of this day, and of November 9th in Germany, on NPR. Good reminders all.

  3. What a beautiful tribute and reminder.