8 thoughts on “11/11.

  1. freddyboomboom says:


    Thank you for your service. I know it was in the German Army, but to this US Navy sailor, it still counts. For me, today is the day to remember ALL the servicemembers, regardless of the country they served.

  2. Earl Harding says:

    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.

  3. MarkHB says:

    Thank you, to all veterans, everywhere. Thank you for your service.

    And thank you, Blackadder, for pointing out quite clearly and quite plainly that War is Dumb.

    Before everyone in aggregate gets all up in their arses, yes, I know, I know, necessary. But the practice of taking our best and our brightest and sending them out to get their arses shot off is dumb. And I would far rather it didn’t happen.

  4. Secesh says:

    I never knew how that series ended. Bugger!!

  5. Gnarly Sheen says:

    Was not expecting that from Blackadder, totally threw me for a loop.

  6. By the way, could you please explain the “temporary post used for theme detection” thing?

  7. George Smith says:

    I remember the first time I saw that scene. The Blackadder series is, by and large, hilarious. That ending was powerful enough that I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who wept at the utter uselessness of the way the Brits waged that war.

    By the way, my old high school’s motto was, “Be Yours To Hold It High!” Our school magazine was called, “The Torch” as well.

    Still, that ending was so evocative of the frailty of life in combat.


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