Robert Laurence Binyon ‘For The Fallen’ - Royal Canadian Legion Cenotaph - Kimberley, British Columbia
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Quick Description: The Royal Canadian Legion installed this cenotaph that quotes from Robert Laurence Binyon's ‘For The Fallen’ a poem written during the First World War. The cenotaph is across Spokane Street from their hall in Kimberley, British Columbia.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 2/29/2012 5:28:32 AM
Waymark Code: WMDW3Q
This cenotaph recognizes the ultimate sacrifice given by those who died in the Second World War from Kimberley, British Columbia.
The text from the poem by Binyon on the obelisk:
At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them"
The quote is from the fourth stanza of the poem "For the Fallen" by Robert Laurence Binyon.
The full text of the poem is:
For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon
WITH proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
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.
They shall grow not 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.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.
Wikipedia describes Binyon's life as follows:
Robert Laurence Binyon (10 August 1869 at Lancaster – 10 March 1943 at Reading, Berkshire) was an English poet, dramatist and art scholar. His most famous work, For the Fallen, is well known for being used in Remembrance Sunday services in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Moved by the opening of the Great War and the already high number of casualties of the British Expeditionary Force, in 1914 Laurence Binyon wrote his For the Fallen, with its Ode of Remembrance, as he was visiting the cliffs near Pentire Head in north Cornwall (where a plaque commemorates it nowadays.) The piece was published by The Times newspaper in September, when public feeling was affected by the recent Battle of Marne.
Today Binyon's most famous poem, For the Fallen, is often recited at Remembrance Sunday services in the UK, and an integral part of Anzac Day services in Australia and New Zealand, and 11 November Remembrance Day services in Canada. The third and fourth verses of the poem (although often just the fourth) have so been claimed as a tribute to all casualties of war, regardless of nation.
See: Wikipedia Link