Sunday, November 12, 2006

Remembrance Sunday

Today, we remember all of those who have died as a result of war.

We remember the heroes who laid down their lives to save others, whether or not they won posthumous medals.

We remember the ordinary soldiers of all nations who died of the bomb and the bullet or of starvation and disease in the terrible conditions of an army on the march.

We remember the cowards who deserted and were shot - and those of us who have never had to go to war especially remember that we don't know how brave we would have been ourselves.

We remember the civilians of all nations who were blasted to bit in their own homes, or even in shelters where they thought themselves safe.

We remember the criminals who started wars or who commited terrible atrocities in the course of wars and were executed afterwards.

All of these we remember; we remember that war always kills people and few people positively want to die.

They shall not grow old,
As we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them,
Nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun,
And in the morning,
We shall remember them
(Laurence Binyon)

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