Monday Meeting — A Most Honorable Funeral

Harold Jellicoe “Coe” Percival was a World War II veteran who led a relatively quiet life after the war. He never married, and by the time he passed away in a nursing home at the age of 99, he was without any known family or friends.

His obituary requested that local military personnel attend his funeral, a request that then circulated on Twitter. Soon enough, the local newspaper wrote up a story that included Afghanistan veteran Sgt. Rick Clement’s plea for military personnel to attend the Royal Air Force Bomber Command veteran’s funeral service.

On the day of his service – Armistice Day – more than 300 service personnel and civilians gathered in the rain at Lytham Park Crematorium to pay their last respects to a fallen WW II airman.

Rest in Peace, Coe. We remember the difference that you made in our world. You mattered.


Harold "Coe" Percival

Harold “Coe” Percival


In Flanders Fields — Veteran’s Day

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In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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