Remembering the Lost
Ode of Remembrance
It's recorded that Binyon was inspired to pen these words in 1914, in the early days of what would become known as The Great War, which we know now as World War One and the outbreak of which we will commemorate later this year.
Binyon wrote the lines while visiting the north coast of Cornwall in the southwest corner of England, looking out across the ocean as he reflected on the heavy casualties of the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front during the opening days of that horrific war.
His lines indicate the horror of those young lives gone forever on the battlefield, but he could not have envisaged how many more millions would be lost in that and subsequent global conflicts. Neither could he have foreseen how his words would come eventually to encapsulate the thoughts and gratitude of those of us who would come after him.
'For the Fallen' was published by The Times newspaper (London) in September of 1914 and would go on to capture the imagination of the world and become synonymous with days of remembrance.