lest we forget

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Rudyard Kipling's 1897 poem Recessional.

Interjection[edit]

lest we forget

  1. (UK and Canada) Used in Remembrance Day ceremonies as a caution against forgetting those who died in war.
  2. (Australia and New Zealand) Used on ANZAC Day memorials in remembrance of those who fell in the First World War

Usage notes[edit]

In Australian Remembrance Day usage, it is voiced as a responsory following a reading of the Ode of Remembrance.

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