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This a thread for all vets..be it FFL, Army, Navy, Marines, French Army, Canadian Army..all! Tomorrow is a day we in the US, celebrate veterns day, but I wish to say hats off to all who have served in any branch or country of Military service. To keep all humanity safe and free..Thanks.
 

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joette said:
This a thread for all vets..be it FFL, Army, Navy, Marines, French Army,Canadian Army..all! Tomorrow is a day we in the US, celebrate veterns day...but I wish to say hats off to all who have served in any branch or country of Military service. To keep all humanity safe and free..Thanks.
http://archives.cbc.ca/IDD-1-71-1413/conflict_war/vietnam/ Canadian Army

http://www.strategypage.com/fyeo/howtomakewar/default.asp?target=HTSF.HTM FFL

http://www.historynet.com/vn/bl_foreign_legion/ FFL
 
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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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Hes not a bad bloke said Alfie to Jack.
But he did for them both in his plan of attack.

We guard walls so people can sleep at night.
Now if you have something to say I suggest you pick up a rifle and stand a post. If not please just say thank you and go on your way. I have a greater responsibilty that you fail to understand.
 
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On my mates grave stone, written by his folks, aged just 19 when he clocked out.

To the world he was a soldier
To us he was our world

We will remember them. Now and always.
 

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Martin Scott said:
We guard walls so pepole can sleep at night.
Now if you have something to say I suggest you pick up a rifle and stand a post. If not please just say thank you and go on your way. I have a greater responsibilty that you fail to understand.
USMC Jack Nicholson aka Colonel Jessup in 'A Few Good Men'...to some pretty boy actor....
 
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....Perhaps on this day, those of you who plug deserter books on this board can momentarily understand that in doing so put food on their plate as well as besmirch the rememberance of each of those in the FFL and in the extended military who made the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of their country or in their military vocation....I hold nothing against deserters in peacetime but better be on your way than 'showboat' in books and make a small if not greater profit from your act of desertion.....
 

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For those interested and can read French, an article in newspaper « Le Monde » about the last surviving 'poilus'. 'Poilus', litteraly 'hairy', was the nickname given to the WWI French soldiers, simply because in the trenches they didn't have much time to shave and get a hair cut.
One of the veteran depicted in the article was an Italian immigrant who voluntarily joined the Legion in 1914, overstating his real age, and went back to the Italian army, when Italy entered into war.

http://www.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,1-0@2-3230,36-708425,0.html

I have a special thought for all the foreigners who joined the Legion in WWI, while their country of origin was not at war, to defend France that they considered, for various reasons, their second homeland. Allan Seeger (American poet), the Garibaldi brothers (descendants of the Italian revolutionary), Blaise Cendrars (Swiss writer), were among them.
 

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the fallen of all countrys in the war that was to end all wars did not die in vain they saved humanity from steping over the line and the troops of today will do the same war now is not so clear cut but the princables are the same, serve protect and preserve the way of life we would love to have. As long as man walks the earth there will be wars the job of the new genration will be to make the world a better place for there kids to grow up in, as was the job of those who went before we salute them. :)
 
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It always should be the sacred, solemn duty of all citizens of the free west to remeber the sacrifices of the Great War's generation; however, we should also recall that that destruction of the European status quo and the inequitable peace (Versailles treaty) that followed surely spawned the terrible ideologies & movements which led Europe into an even greater maelstrom of death & destruction--from which European power has yet to recover from.
 

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Yea we know how they start we did not win or the rest of the european countrys every one lossed and every war thats the one thing you can depend there are no winners just servivours
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I thought the Royal British Legion's Festival of Remembrance yesterday was well worth watching. Fantastic performance by all participating.

The Cenotaph parade today was as always very good. A warm welcome to the USMC who took part for the first time.

I'm sure most of you know the links below, but just wanted to include them for those who may not be familiar with them:

http://www.worldwar1.com/heritage/rpoppy.htm

http://www.poppy.org.uk/

http://www.seniorsnetwork.co.uk/forces/allforces.htm

http://www.victorythanks.org.uk/

http://www.ssafa.org.uk/Links1_Ex_Service.html

http://www.rblscotland.org/

http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/

http://www.rblfrance.org/

http://www.britishlegionusa.com/
 
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I wish I could say that in my country the Armstice Day means something, but it doesn't. Unfortunately we were on "the other side". My grandmother and I just remembered at her uncle who stayed for ever in some gobbleyodook in South Tyrol in the last weeks of the war in 1918.

BTW: Excellent link, Patrick. I am just reading a book about Polish volunteers in the Foreign Legion 1914-15.
 

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Bonjour Hannibal,

True; at the national level the politics comes into play.

President Reagan did go to Bitburg cemetery to prevent the Kohl government from falling. I think there were some SS buried at Bitburg causing all kinds of complaints in the States.

At the veteran level, we all realize some poor slob was freezing or sweltering or suffering in some other way - regardless of his side on the conflict.

Saturday attended a memorial service at the location where Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington although without the French Navy and Army the situation would have been much different. A few of us spoke of all the soldiers and sailors present in 1781 and what they must have gone through.

Sidebar; was thinking of Martin; at the Yorktown Monument in Virginia are memorial stones with all the French units. Will also mention the 1976 memorial monument signed by Fr President Valery Giscard d'Estaing to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the independence of the US.

Nearby is a cemetery with both Confederate and Union war dead. We give reverence to both sides.

Saluations,
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On this day at 11 am 1918 ended the Great War, the "war to end all wars". A thought for those who fought in it.

Now check out this guy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-fwzo5bR7Q
Can anyone get any lower than that?
Wow. Hardly can go lower.

Maybe people in charge of charity organisations who still collected money. Looks like that become common practice those days.
 

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