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Remembrance

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Did you remember the silence at 11am? In my office, we each passed it individually; I took a break from coding and read In Flanders Fields.

Of course, the “war to end all wars” signally failed and we still haven’t kicked the habit. In my mind, the silence is a time to pray not just for those who have given their lives defending a good cause but also those who continue to die because others felt the need to “take up our quarrel with the foe” using deadly force and, in particular, those who have not even made the choice to become combatants but are conscripted in by the time and place in which they live.

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