November 9, 2010

Flickr Favourites: Vintage Remembrance Day Edition

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{1944 ~ michal_hadassah}

{Black Butterflies ~ Romulo fotos}

{Three and Two ~ Striderv}

{Glamour girl head vase ~ calloohcallay}

{Poppy Heart ~ Sean Tiernan}

{Soldiers without guns ~ michal_hadassah}

{Winter gray ~ Life loves}

{keep calm and carry on ~ patrick h. lauke}

{Poppy seller ~ State Library of New South Wales collection}

{Roses in the Rain ~ kevin.devin}

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In Canada Thanksgiving falls annually in early October, and while I am always delighted to give thanks for the abundance of blessings in my life, family, and country then, another day during which I take time to reflect upon all that I am thankful to have is Remembrance Day.

Growing up, the words “lest we forget” – commonplace in speeches, poems, and odes to those who served and fell for their country, given on November 11th – resonated with me in a profound way. As this very blog itself attests to, I believe with all of my heart that the past should be preserved, learned from, cherished, and – no matter how good or bad – remembered.

As a youngster the notion that somehow my country – or the world as a whole – could forget the atrocities of two world wars was a sobering thought that imparted a reverence for this solemn day in me. I swore to myself at a very early age that I would never forget, never take for granted, never downplay the significance of this important day nor the memory of those who fought (both on the battlefield and as part of the invaluable home front war effort) so that, decades later, I could live in a land of peace and freedom.

I am thankful that many other people out there share my desire to preserve the memories of the past, including documenting the types of events that are facets of Remembrance Day. Today’s Flickr group of note and merit, is one such collective effort. The World War II Flickr group is devoted solely to preserving images (such as the four photos below which hail from this group) of soldiers, the battle front, civilians, and the world as it looked while in the throes of a global conflict. This groups really worth spending a few reflective minutes visiting this week as we mark Remembrance and Veteran’s Days.

{1. Bruce with comrades, 2. Victory day Paris 1945, 3. ROMANCE DURING WORLD WAR TWO 1942, 4. Taffy pics}

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May we all know peace, may the world never again turn into a collective battle field, may all who gave and served, lived and died during WW1 and WW2 never fade from our memory; may the words "lest we forget" always hold true, and may you each, dear friends, have a serene and pleasant Remembrance Day on Thursday.


  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you! What a gorgeous post. You always find such fabulous images. Hope you are feeling better these days.

    Best Wishes,

  2. Love these photos! Thanks for visiting and your sweet comments as usual honey. Great to get back in touch! Kori xoxo

  3. Thank you, dear Jessica, for honoring this day and its people. I didn't know about the Flickr group – thank you also for that. We have quite a few amazing images from my Father's service during the war and I'm sure my brother will be eager to be involved in that group. Wishing you a peaceful and happy week. xo – g

  4. What a wonderful blog! Searching "vintage" this morning, I ended up here.

    Veteran's Day today and I've posted a pic of my father in his Marine uniform on my FB.

    My greatuncle served in WWII and was a POW in the Pacific. He has written much about his time there and his stepgranddaughter is promising to forward copies of these to me sometime in the future.


  5. You've received an award on my blog :)