11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918…
Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day or Veterans Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries to remember the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and civilians in times of war, specifically since the First World War.
At 11:00 am today, wherever you are on the planet…
take a moment of silence with others around the world, for all who served their countries.
Lesson / Koan : Peace is the greatest protest.
Henry John “Harry” Patch (17 June 1898 – 25 July 2009) — known as “the Last Fighting Tommy” — was a British supercentenarian, briefly the oldest man in Europe, and the last surviving soldier to have fought in the trenchesof the First World War.
At the time of his death, aged 111 years, 38 days, Patch was the verified third-oldest man in the world, the oldest man in Europe and one of the 67 oldest men ever.
Thom Yorke of Radiohead on “Harry Patch (In Memory Of)”
Click above link to hear song from BBC site.
“Recently the last remaining UK veteran of the 1st world war Harry Patch died at the age of 111.
I had heard a very emotional interview with him a few years ago on the Today program on Radio4.
The way he talked about war had a profound effect on me.
It became the inspiration for a song that we happened to record a few weeks before his death.
It was done live in an abbey. The strings were arranged by Jonny.
I very much hope the song does justice to his memory as the last survivor.
It would be very easy for our generation to forget the true horror of war, without the likes of Harry to remind us.
I hope we do not forget.”
As Harry himself said
“Irrespective of the uniforms we wore, we were all victims”.