LEST WE FORGET / REMEMBRANCE: Day 11 Nano Poblano

 

Lest we forget

Lest we forget? a war  to end all wars

Yet everywhere  you look there  are more  and more!

We preach  peace, we say no more

Still somewhere, on every  continent,  someone is at war!

Neighbour  against neighbour  brothers and sisters  too

Always it is  the innocents  who do the  suffering.  What are we to do?

 

They are erecting giant Poppies to commemorate the start of  the first world war.

It started  in a foreign land, a duke  was shot  the result we know and  more.

The first world war started in 1914  on the 28th of July

Sadly looking round the  world , we have learned  nothing . Can you tell me why?

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Remembrance 

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, Goose Green, 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!
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!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.

So on this 11th day of this 11th month in 14th 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

18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. 1EarthUnited
    Nov 11, 2014 @ 02:59:26

    This is a lovely tribute post Willow, hopefully humanity can learn from the past. Thanks for sharing this!

    Reply

  2. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Nov 11, 2014 @ 03:15:57

    Full of emotion, these grab me. ❤

    Reply

  3. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Nov 11, 2014 @ 03:16:27

    WELL done. 🙂

    Reply

  4. marcus
    Nov 11, 2014 @ 04:46:30

    (((Awhoooo)))
    Bravo!!

    Reply

  5. stephphotome
    Nov 11, 2014 @ 08:45:22

    Brilliant post … Great choice of words!

    Reply

  6. Paul
    Nov 12, 2014 @ 01:53:39

    Indeed brilliant post Willow and the fact that you physically took part as well. Thank You.

    Reply

  7. marenjohnmafuyai
    Nov 13, 2014 @ 10:54:11

    Great, Willow! May God bless you.

    Reply

  8. Roy McCarthy
    Nov 18, 2014 @ 20:44:02

    Very nice Willow. I was pleased that a conference that I was attending observed the two minutes contemplation. It’s a brave gesture to stop on the street, for example, if no one else does.

    Reply

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