Recalling Remembrance Day on board MS Island Sky off North Africa

On the ship’s Tannoy, “This is your Captain (Georg Thomsen) speaking.  The time is the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 2009.” 

“I would like to pay my respects to your country on this anniversary of the end of the First World War when millions were killed and your country also lost a million soldiers and civilians 20 years later in your defence of democracy and the freeing of the peoples of Europe and East Asia from dictatorship and oppression.” 

Captain Thomsen is German and formerly served in the German Navy.

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