Sunday, 9 November 2008
Time to remember
Today I went to my own church for Remembrance Day, as the garrison decided the Council were not worth reserving seats for. Seats were only reserved for the Mayoral group including I assume the leader and cheif executive. A great shame, as it had become a good tradition in which councillors were at this important time actually seen by our community shoulder to shoulder remembering together - still I am sure they had good reason to discontinue this tradition. The important thing is that however we do it - we remember, and keep remembering and never forget the sacrifices made by so many, and so many that were young and had a lifetime ahead of them. They were loved and missed, and every British family was affected in the great war, from the highest in the land to the lowest. A war that should have stopped all wars.
At our own service it was good to hear from retired soldiers and those distiguished with honour in the Falklands war sharing their experiences and remembering comrades and those that have sacrificed all for others and the cause of freedom. It was also good to stand with them in silience and remember, and to close the service singing our National Anthem.