Photo: Royal British Legion.
Tomorrow, it will be 101 years since the end of WW1, but it is today when church and civil services will be remembering those who died in the Great War, the war known as the war to end all wars. Those years are nothing in terms of time, just over a single lifetime, but all those lives lost in that conflict, and not just in the Great War but in WW2 as well, and the Falklands, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and others, didn’t have their full lifetime. And their loved ones found their own lifetimes changed forever by loss and grief.
Living memories are dwindling as the numbers of those who survived lessen through the passage of time, and the need is therefore all the greater for remembrance. As the poem says, they won’t grow old, as we who are left grow old, but they should have had the chance to grow old. And so at the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will indeed remember them.