Very moving tune, Philippe. Thank you for posting it.
Just a thought: Today is time to remember the fallen, and contemplate the lessons of war –in any way we feel right to do so. Tomorrow we can start arguing about, which tune is right, or wrong, and keep on doing it for the rest of the days till the next Remembrance Day.
Today is Remembrance Day in Canada—the day to remember the fallen as well as to honour all veterans.
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.
John McCrae - Canadian Doctor who died in Flanders Fields.
Ah - "The War To End All Wars"....didn't quite pan out that way, did it?
So, will you be remembering the glorious dead who willingly gave their lives for "Freedom", or those who were conscripted willy-nilly to fight for the right of one colonising country to exclude others from its sphere of exploitation?
Maybe WWII is more your bag? The honourable struggle to ensure that Germans kept paying "reparations" for the war that someone else foisted on them 20 years before in order to be sure that others learned the correct lessons?
I'd suggest that it would be much more appropriate to remember the victims of the Holocaust and to ponder how the common people suffered in the trenches while the rich continued to profit from both wars.
Finally, since this is a Bulgarian site, you might also care to reflect on which side this country was on in both conflicts....
“since this is a Bulgarian site, you might also care to reflect on which side this country was on in both conflicts....”
Seedy, you should get some education, really!
Whatever point you are trying to make in the above convoluted way it matters not as far as this thread goes, for no Bulgarian soldier fought and died defending the Axis. Tsar Boris iii refused to send troops to the Eastern Front against the Russian (USSR) Red Army. So there are no veterans or fallen soldiers to remember, commemorate or honour from this period. However after September 9, 1944 and the overtake of Bulgaria by the red Army, BG joint the Allies and many Bulgarian solders went marching west, towards Berlin, with the Second Bulgarian Army. They distinguished themselves in the Battle at Stratzin fighting the Nazis.
So, what was your point?
I would have thought that my point was clear enough to anyone with half a brain but perhaps not so to someone with less...
Firstly, Bulgarian was on the side of the Axis for the majority of WWII.
Secondly, there were indeed casualties during the "Axis Period" - or did those Bulgarians who were killed or missing following the battle of Greece, for example, simply figments of the imagination - or perhaps they were simply "suicided"?
Education is indeed a wonderful thing and it behoves you to get some before suggesting that others lack it..
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