Originally Posted by Mad Cook
4th August - The centenary of the first day of the Great War as the First World War was called here after the fact and often still is. I don't suppose it has impacted much in the US as you weren't involved until 1917 but it's been a big thing on this side of the Atlantic.
BBC News - 'Lights Out' ends day of WW1 centenary commemorations
Both my grandfather's came through it but my mother's cousin was lost at sea in 1915 so I lit a candle. Will light another for him on January 2nd next year.
My uncle was the first soldier from East Boston to be killed in 1917. My father had a letter that he sent him when he was just ten years old from the front complaining about wet cigarettes. He was already dead by the time my father got it.
My aunt was given the choice of which square in Eastie that she wanted named in his honor. She chose the one up on White and Monmouth Street. It was closest to home and where he hung out as a kid with all his friends. A number of years ago a car crashed into the sign and knocked it down. It had been down a couple of years and I called the VFW. They had a new and much better sign put up in its place. On Armistice Day (yes I still call it that) they had a Dedication Ceremony in the pouring rain and played Taps. My sister and I both knew all the words and sang them in harmony. When we were done, one of the veterans with tears on his face, asked us if we would be able to be available for funeral services and other military dedications. So instead, we recorded the whole song in harmony and as far as I know they are still using it.
Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.
Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar, drawing near
Falls the night.
Thanks and praise for our days
Neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky
As we go, this we know
God is nigh.
Taps - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It is a beatiful song and even more so when sung in harmony.