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Remembrance Sunday

Updated on September 12, 2014

Remembering Young Men Who Gave Their Lives For Their Country

In Britain we have Remembrance Sunday at the beginning of November.  The emotions we have about our fallen soldiers are the same all over the world.  There is deep regret that such promising lives should be cut down at so early an age.  There is regret at the futility of war which we seem to get trapped into again and again.  For each one who dies there is a family living in grief.  There are little children who will never know their Daddy. Also there are the soldiers who have given their life in a different way; they have returned home but terribly maimed in body and mind, their healthy life given in exchange for a life of pain and handicap.  We should remember them all not just at this time of the year but all year round.  We should treat them with honour and respect.

Image of poppies from Allposters as below

Young and willing

A typical soldier

He was young and brash

And strapped for cash,

So he thought he would join the army.

Then he had his mates

And dates,

And money a plenty.

A good decision he had made he said.

He trained and trained,

Got his fitness sorted,

Learnt to handle a weapon,

Married the girl he wanted.

Then off he went to see the world.

Ended up in Afghanistan.

He stood by his mates

As they fought for democracy,

For a downtrodden people,

That's how he saw it.

His wife at home

Was proud of her man

As she chewed her nails with worry.

One day he went out in the tank.

It was not a good day

The tank was blown apart by the enemy's bomb

And our man with it.

They gathered him up

To put in a coffin

To fly him home.

His job done.

He was only a lad of 22

His widow much the same age

They had paid the price for wanting a life.

He had given his life for country and home.

Fighting for freedom

For Queen and country

A reasonable wage

These young men join the army to get a better life than living on Job Seeker's Allowance. They know something of the risk they are taking; they know that some soldiers don't come back, or worse that they come back terribly maimed. The risk seems worth it.. They learn the patriotism once they join up. It is mostly a patriotism of loyalty to their mates in the army with them. They also have loyalty to Queen and country.They work hard and play hard. They become fit and disciplined and their loyalty to each other grows too. The ones who return maimed are perhaps the unlucky ones having to adjust to half a life behind a desk or pensioned off. Their wives have to learn great patience if they are to stay with them and often the soldier has to live with a broken marriage as well as a broken body. The cost of war is great affecting many lives in a circle around the soldier.

There to help is the Royal British Legion which has been helping maimed soldiers for many years. Here is their website which will give you lots of information on their work Click here for The Royal British Legion The poppy has been the symbol of the Royal British legion because there were so many poppies growing on the battlefield in the First World War. It was something which could be easily made into a paper flower that could be sold each year to provide money for the disabled soldiers. They are still sold, or given for a donation at this time of the year and worn by many people in their lapel to show solidarity with the handicapped soldiers and remembering the dead.

Remember me

The Queen honours her dead

Remembrance Sunday

On Remembrance Sunday in Britain many people attend church to remember those who have died in war. Often a short service is followed by a march to the war memorial in the village, town or city. A wreath of paper poppies is laid at the memorial usually by the oldest once serving member of the forces present. The last post is sounded if a bugler can be found. Attending this commemoration will be young people who belong to army cadets. It is a moving ceremony and important, in particular, to those who have lost loved ones.

On a grey day in November the poppies at the memorial make a poignant splash of colour.

While this is going on in the small villages and towns in London the Queen attends a much bigger ceremony and lays a wreath for the whole country. Ex-servicemen and women from all over the country gather to march through London to the cenotaph, which is a big national war memorial. Hymns are sung and prayers said. Remembering is important and not to be confused with glorifying war. We remember those who have suffered from the affects of war and pray for it to cease throughout our world.

Paying tribute to their mates

Remembrance Sunday 2008

What do you think?

By honouring the dead do we perpetuate the myth of the glory of war?

How much honour should we give those killed in war?

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      7 years ago

      I saw that this was in November and first though I should wait to visit but I started reading and couldn't stop. A lovely and important tribute Liz!

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      Kathy McGraw 

      9 years ago from California

      Honoring our war dead is a time honored tradition. I loved the poem .

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      Kate Loving Shenk 

      9 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Lovely and also ####blessed####


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