November 11, 2015

A Remembrance Day poem: "Tommy" by Rudyard Kipling

Rebel Staff

The poem “In Flanders Fields” is a traditional way to remember our fallen soldiers on Remembrance Day. I like to read another poem as well, written by the great conservative poet, Rudyard Kipling.

In my mind, Kipling was one of the best poets besides Shakespeare himself.

It’s called "Tommy" – "Tommy Atkins" being the traditional British nickname for a soldier, like saying "G.I. Joe."

This poem was written before either the First or Second World War, but as I'll explain, it's more relevant than ever before.


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commented 2015-11-11 23:49:04 -0500
Thank you, Ezra Levant, for the beautiful reading of Rudyard Kipling’s poem “Tommy”. It captures so well the situation of the soldier when he returns home.
Now, in Canada, we can likewise show respect for our veterans.
commented 2015-11-11 20:03:44 -0500
On a similar note, this was carved inside a sentry box in Gibraltar.
God and the soldier all men adore,
In times of trouble and then no more,
For when peace has come and all wrongs are righted,
God is forgotten, the old soldier slighted.
commented 2015-11-11 19:40:31 -0500
I’ve never had the honour of serving my country in uniform, and therefore certain I’ve never ‘carried outside the wire’ – what ever that is I can only imagine…but I sure got that “Strong Hands” video…
I missed most of the Remembrance Day ceremony in Alexis Creek today due to ‘mechanical problems’…Thanks for that video link…along with that Kipling poem, by Ezra, I feel the day was salvaged.
commented 2015-11-11 14:21:35 -0500
That was a great comment right until you had to throw in the hate for your own fellow Canadian. That’s not what the post is about. It’s about Flanders Field. It’s about remembering those who fought for this country and paid the ultimate price so we can enjoy the freedoms today no mater who runs the political part of it. What a sad life to live.
commented 2015-11-11 14:17:29 -0500
If you are a person who served and carried outside the wire – this one will ring true – find a quiet place to listen to it – very true.
commented 2015-11-11 14:14:27 -0500
Wednesday November 11, 2015
Dear Diary;
Gerald has told me that he’s managed to pretty well keep this one under the radar. It turns out that the good folks in Iraq captured a Canadian Forces CC-130 Hercules transport plane in Baghdad that was carrying weapons and supplies for our special forces in Kurdistan, and held it hostage for several days. Gerald’s pal, David Pugliese at the Ottawa Citizen, did write a little bit about it but played it very low key saying that it was all really due to “an issue with customs documentation”. Good for the Iraqis giving us a teachable moment. After all, we don’t to be likened with those Canadian soldiers of the past who forcefully bullied their way across countries throughout Europe without their permission or any customs paperwork, especially today of all days (B.O. told me today is Veteran’s Day).
Hey Gerald, send one of our T-shirts to David at the Ottawa Citizen.
commented 2015-11-11 13:36:32 -0500
I remember reading that poem in grade school. That was in the 1970’s, just prior to the liberal invasion of the education system, and the stripping of all references to patriotism, honour, service, and accomplishments. Those were replaced by the liberals with a disdain of patriotism, shame, narcissism, and self loathing of all things Canadian. Look at the graduating classes now, and you will be hard pressed to find one graduating student that can tell you of the honour and accomplishments of Canadian military, the scientific and medical breakthroughs Canada pioneered, and the admiration most of the world has for Canada because of these things. What you will get instead, is a mindless recital of every bad thing that happened, mostly to the natives, and how rotten we are as Canadians for daring to even exist. This is the product of the liberal take over of our education system. Not nice at all, is it, and not balance in any way either. The Harper Conservatives tried to change this, but now all that will be lost, again!
commented 2015-11-11 12:59:01 -0500
During CBC’s coverage of Remembrance Day, gates were opened to allow the public to lay their poppies on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Mansbridge was unable to resist the urge to make a comparison between this touching outpouring by Canadians with the past efforts of the conservative government to tone down the garish publicity of televising the bodies of our fallen heroes returning to Canada.
Normally I would just say “Piss on you, Mansbridge”, but for attempting to turn this solemn national ceremony into an anti-Harper moment, I wouldn’t piss on you if you were on fire.
commented 2015-11-11 12:46:14 -0500
An excellent poem and very apt for how the veterans are treated today by the left, Liberals and NDP alike.
commented 2015-11-11 12:42:15 -0500
I have that poem on my office wall