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Remembered Today:

94 Years ago this very night


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redFloweryLarge.pngOn Passing the New Menin Gate, by Siegfried Sassoon.

Who will remember, passing through this Gate, The unheroic Dead who fed the guns? Who shall absolve the foulness of their fate, -Those doomed, conscripted, unvictorious ones? Crudely renewed, the Salient holds its own. Paid are its dim defenders by this pomp; Paid, with a pile of peace-complacent stone, The armies who endured that sullen swamp. Here was the world's worst wound. And here with pride 'Their name liveth for evermore' the Gateway claims. Was ever an immolation so belied as these intolerably nameless names? Well might the Dead who struggled in the slime rise and deride this sepulchre of crime.

May your God grant you peace William

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"All that they had they gave - they gave;

And they shall not return,

For these are those that have no grave

where any heart may mourn."

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