Remembrance Sunday - The Cornish Connection

 What is Remembrance Day?

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice, on 11th November 1918, to signal the end of World War One. At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare.

Westminster Field of Remembrance Poppies, London

Remembrance Day in the UK is kept on 11th November. It is a special day set aside to remember all those men and women who were killed during two World Wars and other conflicts. At one time the day was known as Armistice Day and was renamed Remembrance Day after the Second World War.

On the original Armistice Day of 11 November 1918, millions fell silent in town and village centres, workplaces and churches, in the open air and in their homes.

Remembrance Sunday is held on the second Sunday in November, which is usually the Sunday nearest to 11 November. Special services are held at war memorials and churches all over Britain. 
Millions of people will stop what they are doing on Sunday and Monday and a two minute silence will be kept at 11am in memory of those who have been affected in all conflicts.

These remembrance days are always a poignant reminder that those who dubbed the first world war "the war to end all wars" were tragically premature.

We have selected a number of memorable, meaningful and moving quotes from the Little Oxford Dictionary of Quotations and the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations to commemorate the fallen. - See more at:

                               Related Posts from the Archives for Remembrance Weekend

Post from 2012 here 

More Remembrance Day Poems 2012 

Remembrance Day 2011 

Remembrance Day 2010

Another 2010 post for Remembrance Sunday.

Click here for some memorable quotes to commemorate the fallen

"On 21 September 1914, less than seven weeks into the First World War, The Times carried what would become Laurence Binyon's most famous poem, the remarkably prescient elegy ‘For the Fallen’. As the casualty lists grew, the poem became the focal expression of national grief, both alone and in Sir Edward Elgar's choral work The Spirit of England (1916–17). 

Its central quatrain was carved on cenotaphs and tombstones worldwide and is still recited at annual Remembrance day commemorations:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

Image above is a rare handwritten copy of the Ode of Remembrance set to fetch £8,000 at auction earlier this year. Read here for more information.

  I only discovered this snippet below today, on how it came to be written, and was amazed to find out it was penned here in Cornwall !!

" Laurence Binyon, who celebrated his 70th anniversary on 10 August 1939, said: "I can't recall the exact date beyond that it was shortly after the retreat. 

I was set down, out of doors, on a cliff in Polzeath, Cornwall. 

The stanza "They Shall Grow Not Old" was written first and dictated the rhythmical movement of the whole poem."  

Click here to read the full poem.

Above and below is the plaque bearing the extract of Binyon's famous poem
near Pentire Point, Cornwall. In the background are the rocks known as The Rumps.

Above Image - Copyright Derek Harper and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence


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