lest we forget

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Rudyard Kipling's 1897 poem Recessional.

Interjection[edit]

lest we forget

  1. (Britain 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 as a caution against forgetting 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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