Tuesday, 11 November 2008
LEST WE FORGET.
Ninety years ago today at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the guns were silenced after four cruel years.
Today at the Cenotaph in London, three old men in wheel chairs sat and watched the tribute to the fallen of all wars since 1918.
They were three of the four remaining survivors from the Great War, the war to end all wars.
The eldest Henry Allingham is 112 years old and he tried to stand to salute his fallen comrades. He was one of the first men in the RAF. The other two gentleman there, youngest being 108 years old, and I'm ashamed to say I don't know their names represented the Royal Navy, in that the one gentleman had fought in both wars in the navy. And the final member of this trio is the only man alive left who fought in trench warfare in Northern France. All of them were wearing their medals. And each of them had a representative of the forces who had returned from Iraq or Afghanistan to represent them to place their wreaths.
So it goes on, will those three serving personnel be at the Cenotaph in 90 years remembering their lost comrades from today's wars?
Just outside Ypres, is Tyne Cot, the biggest Commonwealth Cemetery in the world. In the memorial building there is a continuous loop of film that shows a picture with his name and age being said of every single man that fell in the conflicts that took place over the four years around Ypres.
Today on Lost Here and Beyond, Walker's site he has put up such a list of the Canadian fallen, it is a shocking testament of the futility of war that is happening right now in our world.
When will we realise we only have one world and that all the dead our someone's son, brother, husband, uncle and that it is a waste, whatever nationality or creed they are.