Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Remembrance Day

Did you wear your poppy today?


I don't actually know whether poppies are just a British symbol or whether they are worn in other countries. In any case, today was the official Remembrance Day - the commemoration of those that have died in wars, but specifically since the First World War. The day is not a public holiday here in Britain but we do have various events going on like the Queen laying a poppy wreath or two minutes silence held up and down the country.

Another one of our fallen soldiers was brought home yesterday, so I imagine that today would have especial significance for their family. It is rather difficult sometimes to believe that people are still dying in war, clearly not in the numbers during the First and Second World Wars, but they are still dying.

I know that people like to say that they'd wish for World Peace, but why should that be such a difficult thing to achieve? Why can't we sit around the table and agree on the things that matter to us, but there I answer the question myself - the things that matter to us are less important to others and so we are never going to agree not to take to our guns and kill one another.

They shall not grow old as we who 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.

1 comment:

Me said...

We wear poppies here too... except I couldn't find one yesterday!