101 years ago on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, the great guns fell silent. This makes today 11.11. 2019 – the 100th anniversary of the first time the world collectively tried to remember its fallen and those who served. At first it was just WWI but the remit has steadily increased as the Great war unfortunately did not end all wars nor did it stop the need for Armed Forces to defend our precious freedoms.
In the US, it is now called Veterans Day and encompasses all veterans. In the UK, it is known as Remembrance Day. While in the US, there is a public holiday on the Monday, in the UK the day is celebrated on the closest Sunday to the 11th with acts of remembrance at the various war memorials. In the UK, out of the many thousands of villages and hamlets, there are only 14 doubly blessed villages – villages where everyone who went came back both in the WWI and WWII and therefore do not have memorials. The rest have war memorials. The main act of Remembrance is at the Cenotaph in White Hall where the Royal Family as well as the Government, the leaders of the Opposition and many others place wreaths of red poppies, a symbol of Remembrance for the fallen as well as the hope for a peaceful future.
Wearing a red poppy during this time shows support for the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families. The red poppy became the symbol of remembrance thanks to the tireless efforts of an American professor from the University of Georgia — Moina Michael. Her poem We Shall Keep the Faith which drew its inspiration from Canadian John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Field explains why she felt compelled to start this movement which spread from the US to Britain and beyond. Later in life she was known as the Poppy Lady and was honoured with a US postage stamp bearing her image in 1948.
On the Saturday before Remembrance Sunday in UK, there is the Festival of Remembrance which is broadcast on the BBC live. It serves as a focus to remember those who served and who are serving and the Queen and members of the Royal family attend. The most poignant part is when the war widows and widowers, sometimes accompanied by their young children enter. It is always an evening which focuses the mind on the great debt we as ordinary citizens owe to all those who serve.
Several years after I moved to the UK, there was a movement to reclaim the 11th of November as a day of Remembrance and now all over the UK at 11 o’clock in the morning, there is a two-minute silence.
So today, 11.11.2019 at the 11th hour, I will be making an act of Remembrance and thinking about all the members of the Armed Forces community – both in the UK where I now live and the US where I was born and how much they do to protect and defend those freedoms and privileges that I often take for granted. I know I owe them a debt of gratitude and am very pleased that there is a day where one can formally say – thank you for your service.
A Deal with Her Rebel Viking
November 11, 2019
Historical ~ Viking
Her terms: free her family
His terms: seduction?
Defending her home, Lady Ansithe captures outlaw Viking Moir Mimirson. The prisoner will be the ideal ransom for her father, who’s being held hostage by the Danes. Yet Moir’s flirtatious negotiations exhilarate practical Ansithe as much as they surprise her… Can she be sure that this hardened warrior will work with her and not betray her? And what of his stolen kisses—can she trust those?
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Michelle Styles writes warm, witty and intimate historical romance in a wide range of time periods including Viking, Regency, early Victorian, and the Roman world. Born and raised near San Francisco, California, Michelle currently lives a few miles south of Hadrian's Wall with her husband, three children and menagerie of pets. An avid reader, she became hooked on historical romance when she discovered Georgette Heyer, Anya Seton and Victoria Holt in her school's library. Her website can be found at www.michellestyles.co.uk