I first recall that phrase from the John Wayne movie “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon”, directed by John Ford. It’s the words inscribed on the back of a pocket watch given to Wayne’s character by his Troop as a token of their respect upon his eminent retirement. The tough, but sentimental Wayne tears up, and has to blow his nose to hide his emotion. It’s the kind of scene Wayne was wonderful at, and Ford wisely handled with just the right touch.
Those words were the refrain from a Rudyard Kipling poem titled “Recessional” written for the occasion of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. And there is the problem, but only a small one. The movie takes place only recently after the end of the American Civil War in 1865, (in fact one of the small side stories is that some of the soldiers serving with Wayne were former Confederate soldiers now serving in the Union Army), and the poem would not yet have been written. It’s a small thing, and in no way detracts from the movie, but it’s interesting.
I’m a sucker for walking through cemeteries, and there are no shortage of them in Connecticut. They perhaps are not as well tended as they might be in some places, but on just about any given day you will find someone has left a flag on one of the markers, “lest we forget”.
Olympus OMD EM1 with 12-40mm f2.8 lens, processed in Snapseed.