Dear Friends, Rhodies and Countrymen,
“Warriors are often forgotten but warriors never forget”….
It’s November and we will be commemorating Armistice Day on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War 1 and Germany at Compiegne, France at 5:45 am, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month".
The armistice initially expired after a period of 36 days and had to be extended several times. A formal peace agreement was only reached when the Treaty of Versailles was signed the following year. The date is a national holiday in France and was declared a national holiday in many Allied nations.
During World War II, many countries changed the name of the holiday. Member states of the Commonwealth of Nations adopted Remembrance Day, while the US chose Veterans Day. In some countries, Armistice Day coincides with other public holidays. The first Armistice Day was held at Buckingham Palace, commencing with King George V, hosting a "Banquet in Honour of the President of the French Republic”. This event also included a two-minute silence as a mark of respect for those who died in the war and those left behind. In Britain, beginning in 1939, the two-minute silence was moved to the Sunday nearest to 11 November in order not to interfere with wartime production should 11 November fall on a weekday. This became Remembrance Sunday and would set the trend for a day of remembrance for decades to come.
Similar ceremonies developed in other countries during the inter-war period. In South Africa, for example, the Memorable Order of Tin Hats had by the late 1920s developed a ceremony whereby the toast of "Fallen Comrades" was observed not only in silence but darkness, all except for the "Light of Remembrance", with the ceremony ending with the Order's anthem "Old Soldiers Never Die". And thus brings us to John’s song and video “THE CANDLE THAT BURNS”
The memorable order of Tin hats is an ex-servicemen’s organization founded in South Africa around 1927 by Charles Evenden who was an Australian veteran of the Gallipoli campaign during WW1. This charity organisation has through the years done incredible work among those in need on a worldwide basis.
Their emblem is a candle burning on a tin hat and is a symbol of what they stand for; “True comradeship, mutual help, and sound memory” As their motto implies, John’s song depicts the bravery and self-sacrifice from which the order was born.
"The sands of the desert were cruel and stark, they burned in the day and they chilled in the dark. On that vast battleground on the eve of the fight, the candle that burns, inspired them that night.
The brine of the ocean was freezing and cold. The boys became men and the men became bold. But they died just the same in the damp and the wet, the candle that burns will not let us forget.
The candle that burns in the chapel will be left to burn where it stands in a world that is free. Do not cry little one, for no one will take the candle that burns on your first birthday cake.
The sky was not meant to be shattered that way. With shells that exploded the night into day and each time they returned on a wing and a prayer, the candle that burns was a-welcoming there."
© Copyright Words and Music JOHN EDMOND
Remember to wear your poppy.
The poppy was first adopted as the symbol of remembrance. It was shortly after the end of the First World War when almost every family in the land still felt the raw grief of the time. The destruction brought by the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th Century transformed bare land into fields of blood-red poppies, growing around the bodies of the fallen soldiers…
Once the conflict was over the poppy was one of the only plants to grow on the otherwise barren battlefields.
The poppy represented mourning and regret and served as a pledge that war must never happen again...
All we can do now is pray for peace and remember the ones that had fallen in previous wars, shed their blood for future peace.
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Till next time, stay safe and peace be with you.
The Roan Antelope Team.