I was just wondering how many of you have sat down and watched The Rememberance Parade at The Cenotaph on TV today?
I make a piont of watching the Parade at the Cenotaph every year.
You can call me a softie or whatever you want but it always brings a tear to my eye and a lump in my throat thinking of how so many were willing to make such a sacrifice for our freedom.
Nowadays it is even more poiniant to me as my father passed away just 12 hours after he marched on the Rememberance Day Parade 22 years ago after attending The Parade with some of his Comerades from The Free French Army.
I never had a happy sort of "Father Son Relationship" with my father but that is a personal thing. However, no matter what I thought of my Father he served his country throughout the Second World War, and he served it well, with most of the War Years spent serving with "The Free French". While serving on active duty he was awarded around a dozen medals and also received a hand written commendation from Charles DeGaule, all of which my older brother now has in his care.
His ashes are now spread around The Free French War Memorial in France.
However we should not just dwell on or mourn for just our own personal losses, we should all remember and honour all of the brave men and women who were willing to make that "ultimate sacrifice" by offering their lives for our freedom and the world which we live in now. And of course while we are remembering those that served in both The First and the Second World Wars we should also remember those that have made that same sacrifice in all the other conflicts while serving their country in the more recent years.
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.