Sunday, November 11, 2012

Remembrance Day

I've never been one for flags or symbols that get hijacked or turned into a political orthodoxy (such as politicians wearing poppies etc.)

From my perspective, it is better to remember at a personal level those whose young lives were cut tragically short. So this is for those members of my own family who didn't come home in 1918, and their medals the only link to the living.

"Have you forgotten yet?...
For the world’s events have rumbled on since those gagged days,
Like traffic checked while at the crossing of city-ways:
And the haunted gap in your mind has filled with thoughts that flow
Like clouds in the lit heaven of life; and you’re a man reprieved to go,
Taking your peaceful share of Time, with joy to spare.

But the past is just the same-and War’s a bloody game...
Have you forgotten yet?...
Look down, and swear by the slain of the War that you’ll never forget."
 (Siegfried Sassoon "Aftermath" 1919)

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