|This morning I have been listening to my local radio as they broadcast the Remembrance Sunday service from the local cenotaph in one of our lovely city parks.|
I was thinking how a time for remembering has changed so much over the years.
My generation all know a family member who was conscripted into the services to do their 2 years national service, such a lot of men saw active service and sometimes their memories were recounted to you, sometimes not as they struggled themselves to forget what they had seen. You were brought up remembering your forebears especially on this day, the second Sunday in November each year and you learnt about it a lot in your history lessons.
With the onset of the computer age and media we remember those who are serving each and every day more so now as news of the conflicts are brought to us via the news service, be that on our phones, ipads and computers and into our homes through the news on the television screens. Some of the sights you see are just so dreadful you can hardly imagine the traumas the young soldiers today face each and every day.
We see our servicemen brought home to Royal Wooton Bassett, a town given the honour of being called 'Royal' in honour of our war dead that return there from overseas and make their journeys to their families so they can lay them to rest. The streets are lined with people who just want to pay their respects to those men and women who served Queen and country.
Earlier this week the younger royals Prince William and his lovely wife Kate hosted the Poppy Day event at Kensington Palace whilst Prince Philip and Prince Harry made the annual visit to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey. All of these men in the royal family having first hand experience of the forces. Today saw the Queen herself honouring her subjects at the Parade and Service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, featuring a main service followed by a March Past of both ex-service men and women and civilians in Horse Guards Road.
Not only in these modern times do we have the Royal British Legion raising funds for our soliders with the annual poppy appeal but we now have the charity Help for Heroes that does all kinds of fund raising in all kinds of countries and carrying out all manner of things to provide our wounded and lost servicemen and their bereaved families with the help and support they require.
Today there is no prejudice, you can be any nationality or faith and we should all come together to remember.
God Bless you All xxx