Remembrance Day

Bryan Adams: (short) Remembrance Day

Quiz by Sharon Michiko Yoneda

 "We came from Kingston and Brighton to fight on the front lines."

"Not meant to be soldiers, we lay in the trenches"

 "The sky turned to grey as we went into battle"

"On the fields of Europe, young men were fallin'."

 "Soon the war would be over and we'd be returnin."

" And the bells of peace will ring again."

"Well it won't be long, 'till I'm back there in your arms again."

"Well the guns will be silent. There'll be no more fighting.  We'll lay down our weapons on Remembrance Day."  

artist:  Bryan Adams

song writers:  Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance

date released:  1987 by Bryan Adams

Remembrance Day: Bryan Adams' Photos Of Wounded Vets Capture Their Honour And Sacrifice

For many of us, Remembrance Day has always been about honouring the older generations who fought in the world wars. After all, November 11 marks the official end of WWI and plenty of us have relatives who fought in the World Wars;  however, it's really about remembering veterans of all wars, including those still being waged.

Last year, Canadian rock legend and acclaimed photographer Bryan Adams released a book called "Wounded: The Legacy of War", in which he took portraits of British soldiers who were injured in Iraq and Afghanistan or during training.

As the book's blurb says, Adams' photos don't try to mask their scars and amputations and in being so direct they "reveal the sheer grit and bravery of the victims who, despite personal sacrifice, live each day with continued vim, vigour and dignity."

Though he never enlisted himself, and publicly opposed the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Adams grew up in a military family. Both Adams' grandfathers fought in the world wars and his father was a UN peacekeeper in India and Pakistan.

The musician decided to make Wounded when he started to see injured soldiers coming back from the wars, he told the UK Telegraph.

"The general consensus was that they were going to Iraq and Afghanistan and would deal with it. But I want people to remember these soldiers and I want them to remember the consequences of war. I hope the seriously wounded won't be forgotten.