Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Remembrance Day 2008

The First World War ended ninety years ago, and the beat goes on. There are just a handful of veterans of that war left now. This post goes out to them and to all of the rest of us among the living and the dead.

Here's a snippet from Eric Bogle's "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" (1971):

I see the old men, all twisted and torn
The forgotten heroes of a forgotten war
And the young people ask me, what are they
Marching for?
And I ask myself the same question
And the band plays "Waltzing Matilda"
And the old men still answer to the call
But year after year their numbers get fewer
Some day no one will march there at all

And the band plays "Waltzing Matilda" . . .

[Clip from All Quiet on the Western Front, 1930].

Today's Rune: Partnership.

1 comment:

Charles Gramlich said...

It's true of all historical events. Some day no one will remember directly. Even such an historical election as our recent one.