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Sunday, 10 November 2013

Remembrance Sunday

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   


  1. Very interesting Julie. We honored the servicemen among us last night in church.

  2. Rememberance day is a strange thing in Southern Ireland. For many decades people who served in the first and second world wars and who were from Ireland were classed as Irish traitors. Slowly, thank God, attitudes are changing and there is some recognition for the fact that these young boys went off to fight for something they believed in. There are never black and whites, just lots of gray and ultimately we should always remember that any soldier is a son, a daughter, a husband,a wife, a father, a brother, a mother or a sister. Each life should matter and we should never forget what they did for us.

  3. Lovely post Julie , we went to the British Legion dinner and dance on Friday to raise money for our men.

  4. We have Veterans Day as a holiday tomorrow in the States. I miss the wearing of poppies though. One year I was lucky enough to attend the Royal British legion event in the Albert Hall, it was very moving. Sadly, I think the honoring of our fallen soldiers doesn't happen anymore at RWB, the bodies are flown in to a nearby airport and then to be with their families, but such a lovely tradition while it happened. Thank you for the post, Julie.

  5. Julie what a thought provoking post, my grandfather and his brother fought in ww1 .Grandad suffered badly with shell shock and his brother was killed in 1918in Arras. My dad was called up in 1945 so he was posted to help "clear up"after the 2nd ww.He never talked about it. So many lost but today we remember them and hope one day we will all live in peace. Bless you Julie my friend.

  6. Remembrance is important for many reasons - as your post highlighted.

    My paternal grandfather served in WW1, my maternal grandfather was in the Home Guard in WW2 serving in an equally important way. My Dad did his national service during WW2 in the navy based in Malta.

    The British Legion do a superb in supporting all our troops, young and old. Without them my Dad would not have had central heating in his home.

    I find it quite difficult to think there are still wars when history should warn us of the dangers.

  7. A lovely post and it is always important to remember those that have given their lives for us and those now serving to keep us safe. A good day too to wish for peace worldwide regardless of faith or race.

  8. A lovely post Julie, and lovely comments too. It's so very sad that soldiers are still dying in conflict every day.


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