Cenotaph inscriptions

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Cenotaph inscriptions: In preparing the collage pictures of cenotaphs in the 3 counties (Brant, Norfolk and Oxford), I was struck at the similarities and differences in the memorial verses. They are summarized them below.

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CENOTAPH INSCRIPTIONS IN BRANT NORFOLK AND OXFORD

  1. ALTHOUGH UNSEEN WITH US THEY STAND,  OUR SONS WHO LIE IN A  DISTANT LAND
  2. AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM
  3. BOYS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR
  4. BOYS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN WORLD WAR II
  5. FOR QUEEN AND EMPIRE!     KILLED IN ACTION ANGLO BOER WAR 1899-1902
  6. FOREVER REMEMBERED
  7. GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN (3)
  8. GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT HE LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIEND
  9. IN HONOUR OF CANADIAN U.N. PEACEKEEPERS AND CURRENT ARMED FORCES.
  10. IN LOVING MEMORY
  11. LEST WE FORGET        (6)
  12. LET THOSE WHO COME AFTER, SEE TO IT THAT THEIR NAMES BE NOT FORGOTTEN
  13. OUR BOYS WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR  1914-1918
  14. OUR HEROES
  15. OUR HEROIC POLISH AND CANADIAN SOLDIERS UNDER BRITISH COMMAND IN WORLD WAR II.
  16. PATRIOTIC SERVICE
  17. PEACE ON EARTH, GOOD WILL TOWARDS MEN
  18. TELL THEM OF US AND SAY FOR YOUR TOMORROW THESE GAVE THEIR LIVES
  19. THE GLORIOUS DEAD
  20. THE GLORIOUS DEAD             1914 1919
  21. THE SERVICE AND SACRIFICE OF THEIR CITIZEN SOLDIERS IN THE WORLD WAR
  22. THE TORCH IS STILL BEING HELD HIGH
  23. THE WARRIORS OF THE CONFEDERACY WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR.   1914    1918
  24. THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE       (3)
  25. THESE MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
  26. THEY DIED THAT WE MAY LIVE    (2)
  27. THEY GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR HUMANITY
  28. THEY GAVE THEIR LIVES TO BREAK THE POWER OF THE SWORD   1914 1919
  29. THEY LOVED HONOUR MORE THAN THEY FEARED DEATH
  30. THEY SERVED, THAT RIGHT, WHICH  IS MORE PRECIOUS MIGHT PREVAIL
  31. TO YOU, FROM FAILING HANDS WE THROW THE TORCH – BE YOURS TO HOLD IT HIGH.
  32. TRUTH DUTY VALOR 1914.18
  33. WE ACCEPT THE TORCH
  34. WHO DIED IN DEFENCE OF JUSTICE LIBERTY AND CIVILIZATION WHILE ON ACTIVE SERVICE IN THE GREAT WAR.
  35. WHO DIED IN WAR AND CONFLICT
  36. WHO FELL AND IN HONOUR OF THOSE WHO SERVED
  37. WHO FOUGHT AND DIED FOR KING AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918.
  38. WHO FOUGHT FOR WORLD FREEDOM AND ALL THE PEOPLE THAT ENDURED SUFFERING AND HARDSHIP.
  39. WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES AND THOSE WHO SERVED THE EMPIRE IN TWO WORLD WARS
  40. WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WARS OF THE COMMONWEALTH
  41. WHO HAVE GIVEN OR WILL GIVE THEIR LIVES FOR THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM
  42. WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE FOR US
  43. WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE IN THE DEFENCE OF THEIR COUNTRY.
  44. WHO PAID THE SUPREME SACRIFICE AND IN HONOUR OF THOSE WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT WARS
  45. WHO SERVED AND DIED IN WW1 WW2 KOREAN WAR AND MERCHANT MARINES.


OTHER VERSES:



“FREEDOM IS THE SURE POSSESSION OF THOSE ALONE WHO HAVE COURAGE TO DEFEND IT”


IN DISTANT WATERS FAR FROM HOME SEAS ROAR.  WE STAND FAST STALWART SAILORS BEFORE THE MAST

LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN AND OUR FATHERS THAT BEGAT US … ALL THESE WERE HONOURED ON THEIR GENERATION AND WERE THE GLORY OF THEIR TIME

ON ALL THE OCEANS WHITE CAPS FLOW, THERE ARE NO CROSSES ROW ON ROW, BUT THEY WHO SLEEP BENEATH THE DEEP, REST IN PEACE. OUR COUNTRY IS FREE.

TAKE THESE MEN FOR YOUR EXAMPLE.  LIKE THEM, REMEMBER THAT PROSPERITY CAN ONLY BE FOR THE FREE, THAT PROSPERITY  CAN ONLY BE FOR THE FREE, THAT FREEDOM IS THE SURE POSSESSION OF THOSE ALONE WHO HAVE COURAGE TO DEFEND IT

THE SIX NATIONS     COMMEMORATING THE LOYAL SERVICES AND UNSWERVING FIDELITY OF THE SIX NATION OF THE IROQUOI INDIANS TO THE BRITISH EMPIRE IN THE SEVEN YEARS WAR, THE WAR OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AND IN THE DEFENCE OF UPPER CANADA IN 1812-14 AND 1837-38

THESE LAID THE WORLD AWAY, POURED OUT THE RED SWEET WINE OF YOUTH, GAVE UP THE YEARS TO BE OF WORK AND JOY, AND THAT UNHOPED SERENE THAT MEN CALL AGE, AND THOSE WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN, THEIR SONS, THEY GAVE THEIR IMMORTALITY”

THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD, AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD, AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM, NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN. AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM     (2)

THEY WENT WITH SONGS TO THE BATTLE, THEY WERE YOUNG, STRAIGHT OF LIMB, TRUE OF EYE, STEADY AND AGLOW. THEY WERE STAUNCH TO THE END AGAINST ODDS UNCOUNTED. THEY FELL WITH THEIR FACES TO THE FOE.

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN ……. WHOSE NAMES ARE HERE RECORDED WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES ON ACTIVE SERVICE FOR CANADA     “REJOICE YE DEAD WHERE’ER YOUR SPIRITS DWELL. REJOICE THAT YET ON EARTH YOUR FAME IS BRIGHT AND THAT YOUR NAMES REMEMBERED DAY AND NIGHT LIVE ON THE LIPS OF THOSE WHO LOVE YOU WELL.

WHILE THE RIVERS RUN TO THE OCEANS AND THE SHADOWS MOVE IN THE MOUNTAIN VALLEY AND THE SKY FEEDS THE STARS ALWAYS WILL YOUR HONOUR AND YOUR NAME AND YOUR GLORY, REMAIN