Armistice - 100 years on
We talk to Major Anne Peden, Vice Chairman of the Royal British Legion Swiss Branch ahead of the memorial events for the centenary of the 1918 armistice.
On the 11th November 1918, Armistice Day, brought an end to a global conflict involving 32 nations. It is a time of Remembrance for all individuals of all nations who have died, or been injured across the world to help bring peace and prosperity to many countries. There will be a parade and short Commemoration Service on Sunday 11th November 2018, from 10:30am along the Geneva lakeside near the Grand Kempinski Hotel. Any ex-military personnel or members of the Royal British Legion, are welcome to join our small cohort as part of the parade.
On the 17th November The Royal British Legion – Swiss Branch is hosting its Annual Lunch at Hôtel Le Montbrillant. This year the guest speaker will be Major Mike Edwards, a TV news journalist who has broadcast from Iraq and Afghanistan. Mike worked in Bern for the World Service of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation covering the fall of the Iron Curtain, the Soviet Coup and the first Gulf War, before returning to Scottish Television in 1993. Registration for this must be requested before Wednesday 14th November by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome!
In Flanders Fields
- by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae
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.