So today is remembrance Sunday, a very moving and important day in our country’s calendar. Now, I’m not going to start on why General Sir Nick Houghton’s comments as Chief of Defence Staff are wrong: he said people should remember in their own way, that people shouldn’t have to wear a poppy. Instead, I’m going to use today as an opportunity to talk about the above quote.
I played the last post today, and, once I had finished and the nerves had settled down again, I looked at the service sheet and saw the quote. I’d seen it many times in the past, but this time I really thought about it. The “your” part of the quote has referred to every generation since the end of World War 1. It continues to be relevant, even after nearly 100 years. Our tomorrow’s would not be the same if it hadn’t been for our soldiers. I warned you in my Who I am and why I’m here post that I come from a military family, and so I’m passionate that we remember those who gave up their lives for us. Those who went to war to defend those that they were leaving behind. But it’s not just the soldiers who went to war to defend us that we remember. Those who have fought since then, defending others in the gulf, in Afghanistan and Iraq. And those who have fought for the right to self determination in the Falklands War. According to BBC News, since the beginning of World War One, 1,273,748 British Troops have been killed on operations all around the World. Today, and on Wednesday, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we remember them all. We remember that they gave up their lives for others. That is my overriding message, which is why this blog hasn’t been a particularly long one, but, nevertheless, I hope you have enjoyed it.
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