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    I walked through the war memorial today, I dunno why I find myself drawn to it every time i'm in the area, I moved a few of the wreaths up a position where there were gaps in the top step, it really is a top notch memorial I have no pics right now, but it's a crescent with two gunners either side of the entrance and a central tower faced by a wall with plaques, I have no idea why I'm drawn to it but I am, and I feel as proud as proud can be when I stand there.

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    Feel the same thing about Belgium-am constantly drawn there and just can't comprehend the loss of life. Here's a few of the Menen Gate and Tyne Cot Cemetery I took this weekend

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    VauxVetran I really know what you mean, it is always a very sombering experience going to a war memorial. I find it really makes you reflect the things our generation haven't had to do.

    A few below of Washington DC this year:

    The Korean War Memorial, very haunting:

    Arlington Military Cemetery:


    The Challenger Memorial:

    The Iwo Jima Marines memorial:

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    Default A thought for the heroes not with us at xmas.

    My daughter sent me this 2 days ago and thought I would share it with you, my daughter's husband is a marine and left 2 weeks ago for a nine month tour. This time round he is the doc aboard the HMS Portland , cant tell you where they are now for security reasons, his last posting was fort Bastion where he was one of the mid ranking medical docs. Only been land based for a short time on his return to UK before this posting on ship.

    So this xmas lets give a thought to all our brave servicemen who are away from their families at this time of year.


    A Different Christmas Poem

    The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
    I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
    My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
    My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
    Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
    Transforming the garden to a winter delight.

    The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
    Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
    My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
    Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
    In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
    So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

    The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
    But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
    Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
    sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
    My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
    And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

    Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
    A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
    A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
    Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
    Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
    Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

    "What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
    "Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
    Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
    You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"
    For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
    Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..

    To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
    Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,
    I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
    "It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
    That separates you from the darkest of times.

    No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
    I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
    My Grandfather died in France ' on a day in December,"
    Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gran always remembers."
    My dad stood his watch in the jungles of Burma
    And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

    I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
    But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
    Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
    The red, white, and blue... a Union flag.
    I can live through the cold and the being alone,
    Away from my family, my house and my home.

    I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
    I can sleep in a trench with little to eat.
    I can carry the weight of killing another,
    Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
    Who stand at the front against any and all,
    To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."

    " So go back inside," he said, "harbour no fright,
    Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
    "But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
    "Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
    It seems all too little for all that you've done,
    For being away from your wife and your son."

    Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
    "Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
    To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
    To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
    For when we come home, either standing or dead,
    To know you remember we fought and we bled.
    Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
    That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

    PLEASE, would you do me the kind favour of sending this to as many
    people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our
    Armed Service men and women for our being able to celebrate these
    festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people
    stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.


    Chris Smith
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    Royal Marine Ret

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    Excellent thread. I spend time whenever possible at places like these but the ones that always seem to draw me back are the concentration camps in Europe. Belsen was an eye opener, Auschwitz is very sobering and i lost some relatives there, Dachau, and just recently visited Mauthausen.

    Its a shame we have to have these sort of places built to remember people and things but it reminds me not to allow these sort of things to happen if i can help it.

    Mick.

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    I briefly visited the American Cemetary at St Avold, France last week, with over 10,000 graves.

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