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Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday 2006 - 12 November

The Royal British Legion
The main organisation leading remembrance services and parades each year in the UK and abroad for the men who dies in wars serving their country.  A major fun raising organisation to assist disabled ex-servicemen and their families

Caithness War Memorials
Caithness has many war memorials and graves in cemeteries all over the county.  The photos in this section do not show all of them.

Other War Information On Caithness.org
Caithness despite its low population suffered the second world war as much as anywhere else in the UK losing many of its young people.  Caithness was also the base for many RAF operations as can be seen by reading some of the personal accounts in Wings Over Wick  The second world war particularly still affects many people in Caithness and the relatives of the children killed in the Bank Row Bombing in Wick are still trying to get a lasting memorial to them by creating a memorial garden at the site which remains a bomb site.  Work has begun  but still has long way to go.  Wick also suffered an attack on Hill Avenue

About Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day also known as Veteran's Day (USA), Poppy Day (South Africa), and Armistice Day is a day of commemoration observed to remember the sacrifice of veterans and civilians in World War I http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I  and other wars http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War

Other Wars
Other wars also still affect Caithness families not least of which is the call up to serve in Iraq for local Territorial Army soldiers at the end of October 2006.  Already several Caithness TA members have served in Iraq and more will be going this time.

Remembrance Sundays In Caithness
Parades and church services are held in various parts of Caithness each year with the largest being in Thurso and Wick.  There are smaller ceremonies at war memorials around the county and these may vary each year.  Many villages and areas have war memorials remembering the servicemen who dies in the two world wars.  Other names have been added for later conflicts where men and women have died serving their country.

Remembrance In Caithness 2006

Wick Remembrance 2005
Corsback Remembrance 2005
Lybster Remembrance 2005
Cadets Remembrance 2005
Hospice Shop Remembrance Window 2005

Thrumster Remembrance 2004
Wick Remembrance 2004
Corsback Remembrance 2004
Lybster Remembrance 2004
Remembrance Wick Cemetery 2004

Wick, Staxigoe, Corsback -  Remembrance 2003

Remembrance Thurso 2002
Remembrance Wick 2002

Remembrance Wick 2001

For the Fallen
by Laurenc Binon
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall not grow 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.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

IN FLANDERS FIELDS
by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
WE SHALL NOT SLEEP,
THOUGH POPPIES GROW
IN FLANDERS FIELDS.

World War One
11 November 1918 (The Eleventh Hour Of The Eleventh Day of The Eleventh Month saw the signing of the Armistice to finally end World War 1)
Thiepval Memorial to the Missing
World War One At The BBC
The Forgotten Army - Horse And Mules
Prose and Poetry  - First World War

World War Two
3 September 1939 - 14 August 1945
Estimated Dead - 62 million
World War Two At The BBC