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Remembered Today:

"Whilst we remember, the sacrifice is not in vain"


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This seems to crop up too regularly for me to think that so many individuals have thought it up by themselves. Does it have any known orgin? Religious, perhaps?


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Seems to be common on Rolls of Honour but I can find no biblical or similar reference. Perhaps just a line that became common at the time. Another one seen is “A costly sacrifice upon the altar of freedom”, this has a root being used by Lincoln to Mrs Bixby who lost all her sons in the American civil War as "what solemn pride must be yours to have laid such a costly sacrifice upon the altar of freedom". Maybe the other has a similar origin.


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