11/11/ Every Year : We Must 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!

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 at the 11th hour of this 11th month I stood  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

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol Balawyder
    Nov 09, 2013 @ 23:54:45

    Very nice post. Thank you for not forgetting and reminding me of those to whom I owe my freedom.

    Reply

  2. serendipityherbals
    Nov 10, 2013 @ 02:08:01

    Beautiful writing!!!

    Reply

  3. cindy knoke
    Nov 10, 2013 @ 02:16:52

    so beautiful & important!

    Reply

  4. reocochran
    Nov 10, 2013 @ 18:11:43

    Excellent post, poppies are mentioned in one of my own posts, November, I think! Veteran’s Day is tomorrow and my thoughts go out to the families and ones who served our country and make us proud! Prayers for those lost who served, too.

    Reply

  5. Everyday Power
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 05:14:27

    Very well written post.

    Reply

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