Absent Friends

Discussion in 'Diamond Lil's' started by The_Caretaker, Dec 20, 2006.

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  1. Remember this Christmas all who won't be here to enjoy the good and bad times with friends and family. A minutes silance on christmas day to remember them.
  2. Too true my friend and having just had a 3rd family funeral in a year, two of them children, I know exactly what you mean.

    I shall be raising my glass at least 3 times on Crimbo day in memory.
  3. I agree with those sentiments, in our Naval Association we have lost 3 female members this year all from breast cancer including a lovely person who died at the age of 41, a stauch lady who worked tirelessly for the RBL & our treasurer who had been ill for a long time & hid it from us all.
  4. Again similar sentiments as I know 4 people who have entered Davy Jones locker in the las few months
  5. Agreed!! I will be raising my glass to both my parents, a good friend, all those people i go out to who are at deaths door or have indeed crossed over, all those fellow bootnecks, matelots, pongo's etc and to the little lad who i dealt with last week and i pray for every day.

  6. This will be my first xmas without my dad,,,,,,,,,, hes bin gone 5 months now................so im setting a place at the table fr him........
  7. With rue my heart is laden
    For golden friends I had

    For many a rose-lipt maiden
    And many a lightfoot lad

    By brooks too broad for leaping
    The lightfoot lads are laid

    The rose-lipt girls are sleeping
    In fields where roses fade
  8. thats beautiful..you always have a poem fr everything..........do you write them yourself ,or do you have books

  9. Awww shucks Jos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'd like to take the credit but it's A.E. Housman.............one of my favourite poets and this poem is one that I keep in my memory bank.................SWMDL!!
  10. Never did I imagine that I would ever know a Marine
    So determined and strong yet beautifully serene
    A man with a mission and an agenda to follow
    Twelve hour days can make people somewhat hollow
    But nothing could be further from the truth
    Generosity and kindness and a great smile is the proof
    Admiration flows from me to this Marine and others
    Dedication and loyalty to all and their brothers
    Never did I imagine that I would ever know a Marine
    What other amazing things I will learn about him remains to be seen
  11. Bit of good poetry caretaker.

    It would hane been nice to also have given the author an acknowledgement

    Copyright © Pam Frederiksen 2001

    written December 26, 2001
  12. There was no name on the auther other wise I would have pasted it as well
  13. sad as it sounds i also spare a thought for those deployed and their families cause i know what it feels like to be away at christmas
  14. My friends son who is a bootie has returned home from Afghanistan until New Year thoughts are with those who are still out there may they all return home safely to their loved ones.
  15. I too will be raising a glass this Christmas to my late husband Ken who passed away 7 Feb 2005 from the dreaded C.,and also to my father who passed away 10 Jan 82.
    I am the co-ordinator for the local Cancer Support Group here in Spain and we have lost 5 people we have befriended.I wish the family and friends of these people,solace,compassion and hope for the future.
    Thank you lads and lasses wherever you may be serving for upholding democracy,peace and love
  16. As Secretary and Standard Bearer for the Royal British Legion at Wimbledon in London, I have been to a lot of funerals this year some I new some I didn't. I would like to say we are all thinking of the Familys and Friends who are left behind. And all who have passed. We will remember them.

    The Legion of the Living
    Salutes the Legion of the Dead
    They sha'll grow not old
    As we that are left grow old
    Age sha'll not weary them
    Nor the years condemn
    At the going down of the sun
    And in the morning
    We will remember them
  17. I found this a while back on the net, seems to be a apt thread to place it on

    Naval Memories

    I once looked out from the Tamar Bridge at the warships down below,
    Ships of the modern Navy, whose names I did not know.
    And as I stood and gazed at them on the water far below,
    I saw a fleet of phantom ships and men of long ago.
    The Rodney and the Nelson, the Valiant, Ramilies,
    Repulse, Renown and Malaya, coming home from foreign seas.
    I saw Revenge and Warspite, the ill-fated Royal Oak,
    So many ships, their names made faint by shell and fire and smoke.
    And some I see to harbour come as though thro' glasses dark,
    The Barham and the Glorious, the Eagle and the Ark.
    And then there comes the greatest, the mighty warship Hood,
    Dark and grey and wraithlike from the spot on which I stood.
    The big ships and the little ships returned for me to see,
    there's the Glowworm and the Harding, the Devonshire and the Kent,
    The Cossack and Courageous, the Suffolk and Ardent.
    But mercifully hidden are the men and stilled their cries,
    Now I can't see too clearly, must be the smoke that's in my eyes.
    You don't know Shorty Hasset, he won the DSM,
    He still fought on when Exeter was burning stern to stem.
    Where now the Dodger Long and Lofty, where now the boys and men?
    They are lost and gone forever; will we see their likes again?
    I thought I saw them mustering on deck for daily prayer
    and heard "For Those in Peril" rise on the evening air.
    Then darker grew the picture as the lowering night came on,
    I looked down from the lofty bridge but all the ships had gone.
    Those mighty ships had vanished, gone too those simple men.
    We'll surely never see the like of them again.

    Author unknown.
    (This poem was found pinned on the notice board of H.M.S. Bronington)
  18. WOW!!!! Powerful reading LG_380. My eyes went all misty!. The Association I belong to has lost about a dozen members this year to the big "C". So I will raise a glass to them. But, I will also raise a glass to my Great Nephew, who is out in the sand, and pray that he comes home safe and sound.

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