Remembrance

“We Shall Remember Them” always brings a catch to my throat, but as it was widely posted on sunday, I’m going to post another poem in remembrance of our fallen heroes (and that also brings a catch to my throat) today, on Armistice Day. Whatever our feelings on war, the bravery and sacrifice of our armed forces throughout history deserves to be honoured.

The Charge of the Light Brigade

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

1.

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
“Forward, the Light Brigade!
“Charge for the guns!” he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

2.

“Forward, the Light Brigade!”
Was there a man dismay’d?
Not tho’ the soldier knew
Someone had blunder’d:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

3.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

4.

Flash’d all their sabres bare,
Flash’d as they turn’d in air,
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wonder’d:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro’ the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reel’d from the sabre stroke
Shatter’d and sunder’d.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.

5.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro’ the jaws of Death
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

6.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wondered.
Honor the charge they made,
Honor the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred.

Remember Them. Remember them at 11 o’clock. Remember them even if you remembered them on sunday, Don’t they deserve to be remembered twice? Remember them, those who rode, and ran, and marched and crawled, through mud, and smoke, and blood and death so that we might be free. Remember them and honour them by fighting to keep the freedom they so dearly bought.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” -John 15:13

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