Pardee, Aurel Baker / [Diary of Aurel Baker Pardee]
[Diary entries], pp. - PDF (15.3 MB)
[Editor's Note: Parts of this diary were published in A history of United States Army Base Hospital No. 36 (Detroit College of Medicine and Surgery Unit) organized at Detroit, Michigan, April 11th, 1917. D629.U8F8 A2, available online] [Page 2] Elsie DeWolfe No. 9 Rue de la Madeline Aurel is 85 On Oct 4, 1971 Compiegne France Remembering That day in November of nineteen eighteen Is one which in Mem'ry we keep evergreen, For then came the message that warfare had ceased, That from carnage and bloodshed loved ones were released. How our hearts leaped with joy as the shadow of fears That had gripped us in bondage throughout the past years Was shattered and scattered and 'gone with the wind,' As the sunlight of 'Peace' came filtering in! Oh, the whistles, they blew, and the bells, they did ring, And ev'rewhere folks were inspired to sing! To some, the more thoughtless it meant 'holiday,' But to others it meant true reason to pray- To give thanks to the kind Heav'ly Father above For sending the Armistice, sign of His Love. But alas! there were those for whom came too late The message of good news- no more would they wait- For them the tale had already been told- Their bright star of blue had turned to bright gold. But again, and alas! that first Armistice Day That all thought and hoped had come for to stay, Has been clouded and shrouded by grim War's return, Bringing other great conflicts to cause hearts to yearn. So through the years since men have answered the call To fight for our country, give their best and their all, And so we no longer say 'Armistice Day,' It's now all-inclusive -it's 'Veterans' Day.' Tonight we are gathered in this year sixty-one To honor our men who though fighting was done. May God bless them and keep them and give us release From War's deadly perils -O, God, give us Peace! Original poem written by Francis L. Allen (Mrs. Martin Allen). Written For and read by Mrs. Allen at the 1961 American Legion and Auxiliary banquet held on the evening of Nov. 11 in Platteville, Wisconsin.
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