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Vimy Ridge Day! One hundred years ago today, the battle began. The French had been trying to capture it, with no success, for over two years. The Canadians took three days! The first time in history that Canadians fought as a unified force under Canadian officers (OK! Byng was a Brit, but later as Lord Byng of Vimy, he was Governor General of Canada). One of the veterans of the battle said, 'We went up the ridge as Nova Scotians and Albertans. We came down as Canadians!'


'Monarchy can easily be ‘debunked;' but watch the faces, mark the accents of the debunkers. These are the men whose tap-root in Eden has been cut: whom no rumour of the polyphony, the dance, can reach - men to whom pebbles laid in a row are more beautiful than an arch. Yet even if they desire equality, they cannot reach it. Where men are forbidden to honour a king they honour millionaires, athletes or film-stars instead: even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison.' C.S. Lewis God save Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada and Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, etc.! Vive le Très haut, très puissant et très excellent Prince, Louis XX, Par la grâce de Dieu, Roi de France et de Navarre, Roi Très-chrétien!

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I was going to link some articles about the commemoration of this great battle, which was attended by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge, His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and some chap using the title of "President of France" whatever that is.  However, all the articles I seemed to find were mostly breathless fawning about the good looks of the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, and the Prime Minister of Canada, and very little about the battle and the men who laid down their lives 100 years ago.  It irks me when a serious historic commemoration is reduced to breathless accounts of how "hunky" these men are, or what the royal women chose to wear, or how their hair was styled.

Except of course if jewels are involved.  We need details of royal jewels at every occasion.

The Lion of Judah hath prevailed.

Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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