Friday, 7 November 2008

Remembrance Sunday


In Flanders Fields
John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.

Driving through Edinburgh this week I was waiting for the lights to change and a considerable gaggle of children on their way to school crossed the road. I was surprised that only one of them was wearing a poppy.

When I was at school, even primary school, someone came round with a collection box and poppies. We all wore them and had been made aware of their importance.

Walking down the High Street today, I was again surprised at how few adults were wearing them. Mostly older folk.

In many ways, as the First and Second World Wars slip a little further into history each year, and bearing in mind society changes, the relevance of Remembrance Sunday might not seem as great to each new generation.

And yet the money raised from poppy day helps those more recent casualties of the conflicts that we have been involved in post 1945 too.

Whatever anyone thinks about the rights or wrongs of any of these conflicts, the men and women that make up the Squadrons, Regiments, Battalions etc are people from our own communities.

Would it really hurt to sacrifice a few coins or notes to help and honour those who have sacrificed so much more?

Please buy a poppy and wear it with pride.

6 comments:

Fox In Detox said...

One of the problems with "the future" is that the past is forgotten, and along with it, traditions, both good and bad. As members of a segue generation, it is up to us to make sure those traditions do not die with our ancestors. Just by posting this, you're doing your part. Bravo my friend...

Now, what's a good place to stay for someone visiting Aberbrothock?

1st Lady said...

And where's a good place to buy some Smokies?

Also, I heard the Jim Inn is very good.

Jim said...

Thanks Fox, that's very kind.

'Aberbrothock' eh? nice to see you have been doing your research ;-)

I'll have a look at good places to stay. First Lady is recommending the Jim Inn, but my spare room is a study with no bed in it, and obscure amounts of armour! Can't imagine that would be a good place to spend the night!

Jim said...

First L, a good place to buy smokies is E&O Fish by the harbour. I used to work for them. Every night after school I would go and work for a few hours and on Saturday mornings too.

1st Lady said...

Dont fret, we'll bring our own sleeping bags, bunny slippers, and glasses for our teeth (do you have water?).

Jim said...

I have plenty of water! If you two were coming to stay, it's lucky I have two bathrooms as well :-)