Remembrance Sunday

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[Many of you who read here, have become friends of ours, and so we like to tell you a bit when things happen our lives. This is one of those notes, Neo.]

This is my partner Jessica’s birthday, although we will unable to wish it to her today, let us remember the good times we have shared with her, and wish her a happy one and many more, better ones.

I have heard from her. She is recovering although it is a slow process, and she is both weak and weary. We will not see her here until at least Eastertide, I think, and perhaps not then. If you missed the story she went to the doctor for what she thought was sinusitis on 8 September and emailed me from the hospital parking lot that the doctor thought he saw another problem. Her last words to me were, “wish me luck-I need it.” Let that be a lesson to you, don’t ask me for luck. That problem turned out to be cancer, and very aggressive one at that. After two surgeries, on the first Friday in October, she received the received the last rites of her church. Those of us who love her were very close to despair, although we all put our trust in God. Nor were we disappointed, that Sunday she awoke from her coma without pain and without cancer.

But one doesn’t go through such an ordeal without re-evaluating your life, and that is part of what she is doing now. And I freely admit that I am praying (perhaps selfishly) that she will choose to return to us. That is in her hands, and God’s. Judging by how many of you are still reading her articles here, every day, many of you join with me in that prayer.

One doesn’t go through watching a dear friend, whom one loves, go though such an ordeal without effect either. I have spent most of the last two months worrying about and praying for her, and have rather shamefully neglected you. I won’t say I’m sorry, because I’m not. Jessica is the most wonderful and caring friend I’ve ever had, and the thought of losing her devastated me, and more than a few times 2 Samuel 18:33 was in my heart and prayers.

I’m going to begin trying to post again, although I’ll make no promises, it will be a day-to-day thing. And I’m going to do something that 3 months ago, I would never had considered. I am going to ask you to pray for Jessica, and for those who love her as well.

MERCIFUL God, and heavenly Father, who hast taught us in thy holy Word that thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men; Look with pity, we beseech thee, upon the sorrows of thy servant for whom our prayers are offered. Remember her, O Lord, in mercy; endue her soul with patience; comfort her with a sense of thy goodness; lift up thy countenance upon her, and give her peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ALMIGHTY God, who hast promised to hear the petitions of those who ask in thy Son’s Name; We beseech thee mercifully to incline thine ears to us who have now made our prayers and supplications unto thee; and grant that those things which we have faithfully asked according to thy will, may effectually be obtained, to the relief of our necessity, and to the setting forth of thy glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer


In all the English speaking world, except the United States, today is Remembrance Sunday, which is more connected than you might think to the first part of this post. Jessica’s ex-husband was a serving army officer, in fact, he was in Afghanistan when I met her. And while we will celebrate those of ours on Tuesday who survived to return to us, they will commemorate those who did not.

In her post The Thin Red Line she reminded us of the other victim’s of war, saying this:

But there’s bound to be a divide between civilians and the military in times of peace when you have a professional army. Although the analogy with Monks might raise an eyebrow or two, there is a parallel (no, not that one).  Soldiers live a life apart. They are trained to do things which ordinary people don’t do, and probably don’t want to do. There has to be a high level of commitment, and at times the dedication to duty means that a soldier puts everything else to one side. Although no soldier’s wife worth her salt would dream of saying so, we all wait in terror for the knock on the door or the telephone call from the CO. Every time we kiss and wave good-bye, we know that for at least one of us, it is the final good-bye. And if your marriage doesn’t come to that honorable end, well the stress and strains on your man and marriage may make it come to another sort of end. The price soldiers pay to serve us all is huge.  But they also serve, who only stand and wait – and love.

Like Memorial Day it was instituted to remember those brave men who died in the service of their country, and like Veteran’s Day it is on 11 November, because it was instituted to commemorate the end of the Great War, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. It’s also Feast day of St. Martin of Tours, the patron saint of soldiers. Like a distinguished British historian told me once, “It’s always the war to end all wars, until the next one.” I’m very afraid he was right.

But it is very proper for us as Americans to remember our cousins who died in the wars of the twentieth century, they fought at our side for the same ideals. Please join me in remembering their sacrifice.

It should also be remembered that on 17 October 1921, General Pershing presented, pursuant to a special act of Congress, the US Medal of Honor, in the name of the people of the United States, to the Unknown British Warrior in Westminster Abbey, the only time it has been awarded to a non-American in a foreign service.

Remember them

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15 Responses to Remembrance Sunday

  1. http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/how-the-nation-remembers/remembrance-sunday

    Btw, Nov. 10th is the American Birthday of the USMC! Semper Fi American Marines!

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    • NEO says:

      Sure is, Semper Fi to them.

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      • Amen! I have been to a few American Marine Birthday Balls myself, and indeed it was Semper Fi time! And btw too, there are always some beautiful women there! 😉

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        • NEO says:

          Of course there are, nothing but the best-for the best! ;-D

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        • And indeed too, many are female American Marines themselves!

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, so they are!

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  3. the unit says:

    Yes, pace yourself as to coming back. No hurry. We need to see for a while what this new congress is going to mean and do. As far a WM’s I never saw an ugly one at Camp Lejeune like the democrat women in congress or on MSNBC. They really served us and the country and were beautiful for it.

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    • NEO says:

      Yeah, I doubt it will be everyday for a while, although I easily admit to missing you guys. 🙂

      I couldn’t agree more with that sentiment, beautiful they are, every one of them! 🙂 No not the Democrats, the WMs! Semper Fi to them as well!

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  4. +JMJ

    NEO…. I had no idea. I just read this and it is such a shock to me.

    I am so sorry. I know you were close to Jessica, and I am utterly in almost disbelief right now.

    I wish I had known sooner. I have been away for so long, and I feel bad for that only because I had no idea and could not help in some way with prayers or encouragement.

    Can I email you? I do not think I still have your email, but I would like to very much. This comes as such a profound shock to me, and I would like very much to email you privately.

    God bless you, and hang in there.

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    • NEO says:

      My dear CNG,

      Well, it rather was to us a well, just sooner, this type of cancer was in addition what took her father, and so we were even more worried. Still, God himself reached down and saved her, although I’m enough of the world to understand it’s a long road back, but I believe she’ll make it.

      By all means email, you know you’ve always been one of my favorites, and Jess’ as well, it’s dachrist75@gmail.com.

      I’m hanging in, and perhaps even getting a bit better with the whole thing.

      God Bless,

      Neo

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      • E-mail sent. God bless you!

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        • NEO says:

          Yay! and you as well.

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        • Thanks! 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          🙂

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