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"The Binyon Verses"

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abaa-bii abuzotyel
Date:
2007-11-12 03:50:45


Thry went into 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 grow not old, as we that are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them, nor years condemn,

At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. .........................................................................................................

Yesterday at the Christianborg War Cemetery where lie 419 gallant men including my grand Uncle, we held a Remembrance Day Service for their souls

War historians tell us that in 1918 the Armistice which ended World War I which became effective at 11am of 11th November, 1918, when the guns fell silent on Western Front in France and Belgium, ending four years of hostilities.

But the "Binong Fex" (Binyon Verses) have a special place in my life. When grandpa returned from the World War II in 1946, mentally and psychologically bruised, he started a military training "school" and the recruits were his toddler- grand children. It was in that school that he taught his version of the "Binyon Verses". In the school he awarded medals, made of clay for outstanding courage, gave us weapons made of straw and punished defaulters severely to the anguish of our mothers.

I had no idea that the phrase was "Binyon Verses" and what it meant. But grandpa substituted it with a local one 'Binong Vex' and his explanation inspired awe which caused our young blood to rise.

[This is an authentic posting from abaa-bii abuzotyel (Registered User)]
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