Wednesday 11 November 2009

Lest we forget...

"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 will remember them."

Remembrance Day always holds a special place in my heart. My Great Uncle fought in the First World War. Fought and lost his life. He fought at Ypres and, as his final resting place is unknown, his name is listed on the Menin Gate. I visited once, when I was 12 or 13. A school trip to Belgium and the Battlefields. Passchendaele, the Somme, Tyne Cot cemetery, the Last Post at the Menin Gate. It was one of the most moving and thought provoking experiences of my entire life.

So today I will be silent for two minutes for him. For him and all the other men. The Brothers, the Sons, the Fathers, the Uncles and the Grandfathers. Those who lost their lives to enable us to be here now. And for those men and women who are still fighting and who will continue to fight in the future.

Never forget.