11/11/11 I WILL NOT FORGET

Today was a special day a date carved in my mind. Today it is time for us to remember the soldiers who died for all mankind.

Walking up to town today my poppy on show just a little reminder, my reverence to show. The high street was busy full of people to and fro and traffic rushing through as motorists on their journeys go.

Today it will be different, today is not the norm, though busy roads and people about their business go. Outside the Town Hall and in the Market Place  groups of people gather some smile and wave the older men embrace.

Now the clock hands approach the eleventh hour and through our town surges gratefulness you can feel it’s power. For every shopper stops and stands and every coffee shop and bar is silent now because the clock bell tolls the hour.

The tills in the supermarkets and every shop are silent and with stationary shoppers filled  and even the mighty traffic is in it journey is stilled. In silence I stood and watched this strangest but most merited tribute and as ever I shed a tear as the old men took a salute.

Two minutes and it was over all trace of silence gone, the shops are once more busy the stilled traffic now moves on. I meet my friend and as in to Costa we go I say a silent thank you to all those brave men and women who I do not know . They fought , some gave their lives for me so I could be free, in Flanders , Turbrook and Tripoli, on the Somme , Leningrad, Pearl Harbour and Helmand Province, Iraq and Iran and many, many other places defended by a brave woman or a man.

I make no apology I will be politically in-correct for so many have offered up their lives and my life they still effect!

Lest we forget

They fought against what ever foe that threatened our freedom to take and they often had to give the biggest sacrifice anyone  has to make.

I shall not forget them and neither should you for without them you would not be free to do most of the things you do!

So on this 11th day of this 11th month in 11th year of this millennium I stood at 11o’clock with many others to salute our soldiers, sailors and our airmen and many, many others. For they have given their all for us my sisters and my brothers.We owe them a THANK YOU.

THANK YOU

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vampire Weather
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 16:31:38

    I am always humbled as I think of what families have been through to sacrifice their loved ones to serving my country. To die defending the lives of those you love must surely cement a hero, despite anything else. Greater love has no one than that they lay down their life for a friend. Great reminder Willow

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  2. willowdot21
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 17:14:34

    Thank you not enough thought is given to those who are dying now let alone those who have been lost in the last nine decades. xx

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  3. zumpoems
    Nov 12, 2011 @ 22:15:15

    Very nicely written. You bring me back to my visits of some of the smaller English towns I used to take the bus or train to when I was in England for two years.

    You have such a great heart — your appreciate for these great men and women comes through so beautifuly in this post. I really enjoyed this! Thanks so much for writing and posting!

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  4. willowdot21
    Nov 12, 2011 @ 22:27:11

    It was my pleasure to post, I am so proud of our town each year it has shown more and more respect, even the traffic the town at a complete stand still , or even to stand in a supermarket and for two minutes all you hear is the low hum of the freezers. Of course we have been touched by the more recent theatres of war but the men of ww1 and ww2 must never be forgot.

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