AND IN THE MORNING
WE WILL REMEMBER
Tomorrow is Veterans' Day here in the United States (celebrated, of course, on Monday so some people can have a three-day weekend). In Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom it is called Remembrance Day. It is also known in some places as Poppy Day, and the original name was Armistice Day. The armistice ending World War I was signed at 11:00 A.M. on 11/11/1918.
Here in the U.S., the day will mainly honor World War II, Korean, Vietnam, Gulf War and Iraq War vets, especially those who have lost their lives. But in Britain, the memory of World War I is still vivid, even unto younger generations. I am posting this picture today in case some of you want to use this picture on your blog tomorrow, or send an e-card.
Yes, it is an e-card, and I have a special reason for wanting to share it with you. The two British WWI soldiers in the card are my two Scottish great uncles!~
William Munro, on the left in the photo above, was with the Seaforth Highlanders. John Alexander (Jack) Munro was a member of the King's Own Scottish Borderers. William was 25, and Jack just 23, when they were killed in France, within four months of each other.
The card was created by a wonderful British blogger named Chris. Her site is "A Touch of Class", http://www.tocchris.blogspot.com/. My Scottish cousin, Shirley Sutherland, worked with Chris to create this card. Since last March, when Shirl and I "met" via the Internet, I have learned a great deal about my Scottish relatives, including those who fought and died in the War.
I wrote extensively about William and Jack in my blog on Memorial Day. I hope you go into my archives and read about them. It's just a few posts down when you click on May archives (posted May 28).
I have felt a deep connection with these men, especially Jack, ever since Shirl sent me all the information on them and their brother Archie, who fought for Canada. Jack was a gallant soldier, the youngest Regimental Sergeant Major in the British Army, and a highly-decorated hero. He died doing something he had done several times before - saving the life of a fellow brother in arms.
But I think a lot about the every day Jack as well. I create scenarios in my head about him. I even asked Shirl if he had a girlfriend back home (we believe there was a special someone named Grace.) Jack is with me so often in spirit that I think I am going to have to write his story.
To send this free e-card or get the picture, click on the link underlined above. Once there, scroll down to "Other Places to Visit" on the left side of her blog and click on "Cards from Touch of Class". Choose "Remembrance Cards" and you will see this card.
(Chris also creates beautiful desktops.)