Today is Armistice Day and this year we commemorate those who have fallen for this country in pursuit of freedom on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in the year 2011.
I like many across the country will stop what I am doing at 11am today and stand in silence for two minutes to remember those who went to the battlefields of Europe in the first and second world wars to fight against tyranny and for our freedom and those who went to war to fight for this country in the many wars we have seen since and are still fighting today in Afghanistan. We remember all those who have fallen and their families who have been left behind.
We owe so much to those past generations and present generations who gave their lives in war fighting for our country.
As time passes, our links to the World Wars fade. My link to the Second World War were my grandparents, when they were still alive, which just shows how close we are to a time in history when the world could have turned out very differently and a time when millions died in the hell of war so we can live in freedom today.
I am reminded today of the famous poem ‘For the Fallen‘ by Laurence Binyon, of which the fourth stanza reads:
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
Lest We Forget.