Remembering the Fallen, Welcoming Others Home

Our brothers and sisters of investigating the strange and unusual, the Office of the Supernatural and Metaphysical, are celebrating Veteran’s Day today in the Americas, and we tip our bowlers and bonnets to them all. Today, across the Empire, we pay different honours. We remember those that we have lost.

Today is Armistice Day.

In an area straddling the Belgian provinces of West and East Flanders stretches a battlefield where today red poppies grow wild. The Red Poppy is now regarded as the flower of remembrance; and at the Tower of London stands a breathtaking memorial called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, a collection of 888,246 poppies standing for every soldier from the United Kingdom, Australia and the Commonwealth.

 

The first flower was planted on 17 July and the last will be put in place on 11 November to coincide with Armistice Day.

We remember our fallen today at the Ministry, and we also welcome home and thank those in the United States who have bravely served in defence of their country. Many of our readers serve in the armed forces, and we extend our gratitude for their service. We also wish to welcome these brave men and women home; and we give thanks for their safe and sound return.

Welcome home, brave soldiers; and remember those we have lost.

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