Remembrance Day Ponderings


November 11 is Remembrance Day across most of the previous British Commonwealth countries and  Vetrans Day in the USA. Wherever you are,  may all those who served in war be acknowledged today. My Grandfather was injured twice in World War One. .He enlisted in 1916 at the age of 22 and was sent to Europe. Shells and shrapnel caem close to narrowly taking him from us. So many of his friends were lost, however. Some lost as a result of the very shell that my grandpa survived.

Were my late Grandfather ear efforts successful? I would dearly love for him to know he made a difference.

We humans have till a long way to go, however, before we see total peace on this planet.My Grandfather, after his service, no longer saw war as the solution. Instead, he saw war as over rated. His memories of World War One were of sadness and horror.

This November 11, it would be good for us as humans to start to think about how we do away with the scourge of war which these days threatens our existence as a species. How much of the world are no go zones for travellers compared to 100 years ago? How many kids are struggling to survive? How much money do we spend? How many monuments, buildings and special places are lost in this environment?

I know I am dreaming but as John Lennon sang: It may be worth imagining. In the meantime: 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.

 

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