Remembrance Day

At the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, Remembrance Day was written into history. It was the day The Armistice was signed to end hostilities of the Great War of 1914 – 1918.

Armistice Day 1918

Remembrance Day

The Armistice was signed to end the bloodiest war the world had ever seen. Also known as Armistice Day, we now honor it with a minute of silence at 11am, 11th November every year. Remember the children of our country that gave their life for a conflict that they didn’t choose to have. They went there and fought for their country, but moreso fought for other people and countries too.

Honor Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is the day we must honor the past. Share a thought for the people that made the ultimate sacrifice. Share another thought for the grief it caused their parents and siblings. Then spare a thought for the other side… those soldiers were not there by choice. They were sent there by orders of their governments and they didn’t want to die any more than our children did.

Now spare a thought for the senselessness of it all. Nobody had to die – on either side. 60,000 Australians died in WWI, many used as cannon fodder for the British troops as we were afterall “Only Colonists“. Wars are caused for financial gain, power and religious indifference. For the same reasons, we send soldiers to Afghanistan and Iraq. War is a business. It’s a business where our children are used as pawns and cannon fodder.

The Flanders PoppyThe Flanders Poppy

The battlefields of Belgium and France claimed countless lives. The red poppies were the first flowers to appear on the blood soaked battlefields of Flanders. It was said that they were red from the blood of the soldiers. The Flanders Poppy became known as the flower to wear in honor of Remembrance Day.

Mistakes Of The Past

Remembrance Day is an important day for us to remember the past by feeling and giving honor to those that suffered from the Great War of 1914 – 1918. If we are so arrogant to ignore the past, we give our future no hope at all. Don’t think for one moment that history doesn’t repeat. It just lurks in the background until we forget the horrors, then we re-offend with the same mistakes. History has proven this time and again. That is one reason I am horrified at the appalling lack of history education we give our children in this country. Ignorance of the past is the “best” recipe for disaster.

We will never have a future, if we don’t remember the past

Children who have grown up, loved by their parents, were (and still are) sent away to defend their country on foreign shores. Many lost their lives for a world cause. Many poor souls never knew what they were fighting for, besides freedom. While world banks profited (and still do) from sponsoring both sides, the allies borrowed money from those very same banks to rebuild the enemies territories. Ironically, territories that were destroyed with weapons they borrowed from the very same banks money to produce.

Armistice DayIt took less than 21 years before the next World War broke out in September 1939. Again, major banks sponsored both sides again. In many cases, the same banks.

War is major business and we better not forget that. Oftentimes, major sponsors of political parties and Presidents are major profiteers of world conflicts, who produce the weapons and sell the power sources that fuel all wars.

They Didn’t Want To Fight!

The now famous battlefield truce & Soccer Game of Christmas 1914 shows that the soldiers themselves had a choice. Try to survive in the battlefield – or face court martial for treason (and probably be killed by their government instead). In 1914 a truce was agreed upon, seemingly very much supported by the “cruel enemy”. A soccer game was played in “no mans land” between “Tommy & Fritz” and eventually won 3-2 by “Fritz”.

Read this account of the events of Christmas 1914 between the trenches:

World War Soccer. England - Germany: 2-3

Need I say no more? They were all human and all loved by their parents. Such a waste of human life to die while others profit handsomely! What sort of a person would send someone else’s child off to war? Certainly not a true believer in peace (or God for that matter). Answer: A politician.

The Germans even lined up for a photo when they approached unarmed to wish their enemies Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas, Tommy!

Now tell me this: Does it make sense …

  • … when we make people kill each other when they don’t even want to?
  • … when soldiers are killing (against their faith) and if they don’t  – they are labeled traitors and get killed by their own or locked up.
  • … that the people who make the decisions are safe in the Capitol, with most of their sons in administrative jobs, while the peasants are giving their life’s for the country?
  • … the “Defenders Of Freedom” rage more wars globally than anyone they ever fought against?
  • … the citizens of many countries buy into the crap and actually believe they are right and everyone else is wrong?
  • … that we still rage Religious Crusades after all these years?
  • … that we pay the people that have the power to send away YOUR children to fight wars on foreign shores – even if it is just to protect commodity prices and fuel the banks coffers.
  • … when the “Aggressors” are often agitated by the “Good Guys” to encourage aggresive action?

Comment Below on Remembrance Day

Now, I’ll ask the question: What was the REAL REASON World War 1 was fought? Official or un-official. What do you think?

I’ll finish with a quote from a famous man that was loved and also hated by many:

“When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, the bankers control the situation. Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

I totally respect the soldiers and civilians who suffered and perished in these conflicts. Bless them all.

Spare more than just a thought for the lost souls on Remembrance Day.

Sean Rasmussen
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Comments

  1. Very well written Sean,

    It really does make you think. How many people have died or been killed in the name of peace? I believe it’s more about power and not about peace.

    Thanks for taking the time to produce this article.
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  2. Sean,
    Yes Bev, I think all war is about power. I think that World War 1 erupted, after the assassination in June 1914 of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, by Black Hand a Serbian. A lot just roller coasted after this.
    War is senseless, I have a son who has been deployed overseas, to fight. This is not what a gave my son life for!!!
    We will remember them!!!!
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    • Elly Wilson says:

      Sandra
      I could not imagine what it would be like to be in your situation, especially when you have no control over it……every Mothers nightmare (and Fathers too) , but I pray that your son will come home safely to you very soon and that he is given the honour he deserves.

  3. Hi Sean,

    Fantastic article. History may say that it’s about the assassination of some poor Archduke, but for me, it’s always about greed, intolerance and a general lack of respect for others. Politicians create wars and I think it should be law that whichever President declares war on another country and its peoples must send his own children and grandchildren to fight first. If the President believes so strongly in the cause that he would risk the lives of his own family, then and only then will we go to war.
    Have a great day!
    Jazz
    .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Musical_Life =-.

  4. Elly Wilson says:

    No mother would ever willingly sacrifice her sons (or daughters) to war…how immeasurably deep the bond of love is between mother and child.
    The scars the parents bear, and the insurmoutable suffering they endure from the loss of their little soldiers are felt from one generation to the next and will contiinue on until we look at the conflict within our own minds first and make a decision to stop fighting, competing and comparing.
    It’s not the terrorists “out there” we need to fear, its the terrorising we do to our selves and our own minds that is the concern. We can each make a decision every day to make a positive difference to the world, be kind to ourselves and others and be the best that we can be to our own abilities.
    Sharing is one action we can take to connect in a positive way with others.
    Recognition of each others similarities rather than acceptance of each others differences is a more empowering way to meet each other eye to eye and heart to heart.

  5. I agree with everything above.

    However, those people who choose to be in the armed forces know they can be called up at anytime.

    I do appreciate/admire every person who is in our armed forces and believe you couldn’t pay me enough to join up. I would also worry, as a parent, if that was the career that my children chose. I do not agree with the wars that are currently being fought, with guns and tanks.

    Lest We Forget, those that have fallen, fought or are ready to.

    • I do sincerely believe that anyone that volunteers to fight a war, regrets it under fire. There is a certain amount of selling and brainwashing required to make it honorable to take a bayonet or bullet in the gut, let alone put it in someone else’s belly.

  6. Lest We Forget

  7. I think that anything that involves a side declaring that they are “righter” than the another is always bound to end in tragedy. To those brave men and women who gave, are giving, and will give in the future, the ultimate sacrifice I send you my deepest respect and admiration. And to all the parents and family of these brave hearts who watch them go, wondering if they will be back, I will keep you all firmly in my thoughts and heart this Remembrance Day.
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  8. ahh yes, the ‘War to End All wars’. Thank you for this article, Sean – thoughtful, wise and well-written. I honour Remeberance Day as a point in time where mankind called forth World Peace and given all that we have learnt since about our own power of thought, maybe just maybe we can really start to do better. (I feel a blog coming on).Thank you again.

  9. Growing up in the 60’s in the UK the news was full of the war in Ireland, almost every day. I was told it was ‘about religion’ but I now know that like most wars it was manifested in power and greed. I used to visit a lovely neighbour whose husband had left for the 2nd World War a young, fit and enthusiastic soldier. He returned unable to even recognise his wife, he was so traumatised by his experiences. I can still see him sitting in his chair. I agree with your comment Sean that these young men and women who volunteer for war must surely have some regret when they are in the thick of it. I’ve never met a soldier who wants to willingly talk about their experience in war. They want to absolutely forget it. Thank you for writing this article Sean – it’s stopped me in my tracks. Let’s remember those who have fallen and those whose lives have been devastatingly damaged by war.
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    • Thanks Jan.
      My grandfather was in the submarines in Denmark and was ordered by the Danish King to surrender to the Germans. But first they had to scuttle the entire fleet so it wouldn’t fall into enemy hands. Denmark has a history of losing its fleet to the enemy (1801 they lost the fleet to then Vice-Admiral Nelson who later used their ships in the battle of Trafalgar). So they were not going to be caught out again. Being Neutral doesn’t even protect a country from being attacked as Denmark was neutral in 1801, but was still attacked (and bankrupted in the process). Oh the joys of war!

  10. Thats amazing history, I’m glad we have made it to where we are as Canadians. The freedom we enjoy is due to the people we remember today.
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  11. Thank you Sean for a very well written and thoughtful article.

    Lest we forget

  12. tony shirren says:

    Hi Sean, yes well written, I was fortunate enough to have had a shearing run as a teen that was almost solely war service settlers from both world wars as my mentors , I rarely heard any of them dwell on their experiences apart from the odd comical act or banter they shared. But what was a common theme I noted was none of them ever wanted any of their children or anyone close to them to ever have to experience the horrors they witnessed. As we remember those who fought in all past conflicts and made the ultimate sacrifice ,we should also remember that statistics show that nine out of ten casualties in all recorded wars were innocent women, children and the elderly,
    Lest we forget

    • Having WWI & WWII veterans as mentors sounds great. Imagine the stories… actually, you wouldn’t need to imagine, Tony. I have had the pleasure of receiving many great stories of the war times (if they can be called ‘great’). One that comes to mind is meeting an Irish-Australian in Brisbane who was based in Japan from 1946 when they were under Martial Law. Amazing story!

  13. tony shirren says:

    Lest we forget , 90% of all recorded casualties of past conflicts were women , children the infirm and elderly , it begs the question what was ever achieved in any war regardless of the outcome .
    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity , and I’m not so sure about the former ” Albert Einstein

  14. tony shirren says:

    The assassination, on 28 June 1914, of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, is seen as the immediate trigger of the war, though long-term causes, such as imperialistic foreign policy, played a major role. The archduke’s assassination at the hands of Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip resulted in demands against the Kingdom of Serbia.[6] Several alliances that had been formed over the past decades were invoked, so within weeks the major powers were at war; with all having colonies, the conflict soon spread around the world.
    By the war’s end, four major imperial powers—the German, Russian, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires—had been militarily and politically defeated, with the last two ceasing to exist.[7] The revolutionized Soviet Union emerged from the Russian Empire, while the map of central Europe was completely redrawn into numerous smaller states.[8] The League of Nations was formed in the hope of preventing another such conflict. The European nationalism spawned by the war, the repercussions of Germany’s defeat, and of the Treaty of Versailles would eventually lead to the beginning of World War II in 1939.[9]

    • In addition to this, France invaded Germany (who had no defense force) around 1923 and took over the Ruhr District. The Ruhr amounted to 90% of Germany’s income (who were already broke) and France invaded despite the protests of England, USA, Russia (and I think, China). They protested that it would “Put the Rat in the corner and force it to retaliate”. Historians (some of them) say that the moment France invaded Germany, World War 2 was conceived.

  15. Rudy Stieber says:

    thank You – Danke –
    es gibt kein Morgen ohne das Gestern – und es ist an uns diese Verbindung zu wahren . . . Heute . . .
    we won´t have Tomorrow without Past – and it´s on us to bring this in mind . . . Today . . .

    Rudy from Würzburg in Germany

  16. I feel sorry for who had died in the war. I think its a good article for it

  17. I feel sorry for who had died in the war. I think its a good article for it

  18. domonic baker says:

    I thought it was excellently written, and i have a young boy that is fighting in iraq. His best friend is there with him. I hope he returns safely 🙁

  19. I spent that day with my friend whose father was in the war,amazing time that morning around 11am,he told me of the stories of bravery and the how they were all forgotten when they arrived home here back in Australia.He told me they returned to no work,opportunity,food and shelter for many.He tells me its only now we can celebrate there bravery but most of all the freedom I enjoy is re-inforced by remembering days like this.
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  20. Just a minute every year to remember, is the least we can do. I have seen the impact of war on families and communities first hand. We commemorate for a brief moment annually, but the trauma and the scars are passed down for generations.
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  21. I have many friends that are still in the military, some of which are deployed into countries to fight a battle that is a needless and senseless waste of human life and money. I hope that they all come home safe and that they damage done to them is healed in time.
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  22. What i cannot understand is why the repeat war’s. They see and hear how many died in the first world war, and then again go back for more? If the powers that be (the banks, the governments) had to fight with their own hands, and have their own family fight would they agree to go to war so easily? “Lest We Forget”….unfortunately the younger generation do not even know so how can they forget, there is no understanding of the blood shed that went on, no stories being told at school….I know that they changed history classes because of the new way of teaching but its such a shame to leave out what is important to Australians and to the world.
    My second boy has his birthday on the 11/11 and i still remember having a minute silence in hospital where he was born! We also have our oldest in Army Cadets so every year we get up and go to the service to remember those – those that fought and died for us. May you REST IN Peace forever more
    Lisa
    .-= Lisa Wood´s last blog ..Its Meant To Be =-.

  23. Jazz

    I love your idea. Maybe extend it to the banker’s families would be more effective. I bet we would never see another war.
    And they don’t learn. Still it continues. When are they ever going to learn.

    My 1 minute coming up
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  24. Hi Sean,
    it’s interesting that I only got to know Remembrance Day once I moved to Australia. We don’t have that date or the symbol in Germany. Might have lots of historical reasons …
    It is important to remember the ones who gave their lives, especially to make sure we learn from that and (hopefully) don’t make the same mistakes again.
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  25. It still baffles me that not all of our Canadian provinces view this as an official “holiday”. The country should remember together and yet only select provinces are permitted to do this officially.
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  26. G’day Sean,
    Thankyou for a most interesting article about Rememberance Day. My Dad’s older brothers were in Flanders during WW 1 and my Uncle John always had respiratory problems due to being gassed. My maternal grandfather was there too, and he was gassed twice, so it was no surprise to learn he passed on in 1932, a very sick, too young to die, and helpless man.

    I’ve just finished reading your post on ” Confessions of an Economic Hitman ” and watching the videos parts 1 & 2. The story told by John Perkins is about the continual war in the world which is all to do with corporate greed.

    Will humans ever develop enough love for each other to overcome these acts ? It’s war whichever way you look at it.
    Harry
    .-= Harry Lynn´s last blog ..How Proud Can One Be ? =-.

  27. G’day Sean,
    For those who don’t get your blog, here’s the link to this INTRIGUING video about the Confessions Of An Economic Hitman. It’s a MUST WATCH video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTbdnNgqfs8

    Cheers
    Harry

  28. It is not very difficult to start a war, but it is hard to put it to an end. I can only imagine how difficult those days were for the forced soldiers and their families. It is really hard to justify a war, but it should be noted that it does serve as a way to bring development, since technology is actively improved to create better weapons or means of transportation. If war has even one positive aspect to it, I believe it would be that one. But the deaths and injuries, the complete destruction, take away all of the attraction that war could have.

  29. My birthday is on November 11 and born near 11 o clock. It’ll be hard for me to be silent with my friends at my birthday party.

  30. Brad Shelvey says:

    Hi Sean,
    Thank you for an extremely timely reminder of the futility of war and the dire consequences that it brings. Your words really hit home to me!
    When will we realize that there is no glory in conflict?
    There are no winners, only losers on both sides!

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