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Nov. 11th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
Where's the LIKE ticky here? ;)
Nov. 11th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
Nov. 11th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
One thing Connie Willis stressed in her appearance at Capclave was how much the British suffered in WWII, and how close they came to invasion by the Nazis. She had done a lot of research on the war for her 2-book novel Blackout/All Clear, and she related a lot of it. It made for some fascinating stories.

I realize today is more about WWI, but my point is, America may have fought in both those wars, but neither one happened in our backyards. It's good to remember those who fought, but also to remember that soldiers aren't the only ones who suffer in a war.

I like the term Remembrance Day.
Nov. 11th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
i remember my mum telling me once thatg my grandad got blown out of an airplane in a bombing raid during WWII.

He was such a lovely, unassuming man, when I asked him about it he just smiled and said; "Well it was on the ground at the time." :)
Nov. 11th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
My dad never talked about it much until recently.

So, was the the grandad who was married to Your Old Gran? If so, he must have had fortitude indeed!
Nov. 11th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
Lol, he was a lovely man :)
Nov. 11th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
I try really hard not to quote myself, but at times like this, I can't resist...
Walking up Sixteenth Street, he saw throngs of carefree shoppers milling about in coats that weren’t quite new, but few of them had seen much wear, and none of them had a belt pulled tight. There was none of that haggard exhaustion here so common in England. It had begun to snow, lightly, and as people here looked up to see the snowfall, they had no worry in their eyes, no anxiety on their faces. Here no one had felt the shock of a V2, or heard the buzz of a doodlebug. They may have seen rubble in newsreels, or heard an air raid siren during a drill, but the invasions they waited for had all been thousands of miles away.

At the lunch counter, he saw people eating things the English didn’t even dream of eating any more. Did people here even know there was a war on? Was it a joke for them? They had gasoline, tires and nylons, but complained about not having enough of them.

He knew he should feel glad to have returned to this land of inestimable abundance, but he could not.
Nov. 11th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
Re: I try really hard not to quote myself, but at times like this, I can't resist...
We owe a lot to geography.

English Channel vs. Atlantic Ocean = no comparison
Nov. 11th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
Re: I try really hard not to quote myself, but at times like this, I can't resist...
Similarly, Maginot Line vs Channel = no comparison.

And not to downplay British losses in WWII, but, well,
another chance to quote myself-
The actual number of Soviet Citizens who died in the course of the war is believed to be twenty-seven million. The precise number cannot be known. Unlike the US Army, the Red Army did not collect identity information of battlefield casualties, and among the civilian population, it was customary to say nothing whenever a neighbor disappeared for any reason. However, extrapolating from those instances in which precise losses can be documented will establish that twenty-seven million is an accurate estimate, and it can be ascertained that of the one-hundred-ninety-three million Soviet Citizens whose whereabouts were known in June of 1941, twenty-seven million--fourteen percent of them--were nowhere to be found by May of 1945. While this figure cannot be meaningfully comprehended, it can be dramatically and effectively visualized by spelling out the word “RUSSIA” with Scrabble tiles, and then removing one of the tiles.
Nov. 11th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
Nov. 11th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Thank them ;)
Nov. 11th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
Happy Remembrance day. My boyfriend is a Vet. As is my dad.

(I LJ messaged you. I apparently don't have your email address. My gmail lost a bunch of them not to long ago)
Nov. 11th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
Got it. I'll try and call you later today.

My email address is jon@acatofninetales.com
Nov. 11th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
perfect, thanks. And I added it to my email... Hopefully it stays this time.
Nov. 11th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
Nov. 11th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
I hope this is appropriate in a light-hearted way...
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