Sunday, 11 November 2007

In Remembrance

Today is Remembrance Sunday when we take a pause to think of the young men who gave their lives to the wishes of their masters on the bloody fields of France in the 14-18 war, and in all the conflicts since.

I was reminded of something Chief Gene said
"I asked uncle Crow Dog how he felt about our young men dying in foreign lands and he said ‘while I don’t usually see eye to eye with the federal government these are our warriors and we must salute them and honor their sacrifice’”

J. with regard to your coming trip to Iraq – you write like Saki please make sure that’s the only similarity.

Safe Home.
SBW

4 comments:

Jamie said...

It is so very important to remember these people and sadly we seem to be letting them fade away forgotten. We need to take stock and realise what our forefathers and more recently friends, mothers and fathers have done for us when we sit moaning about modern living.

Kristine said...

We may not agree about whether a particular war is right or wrong, but I would hope we can all agree that those who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom are worthy of respect and remembrance. That isn't always the case, but I have hope that can change.

Hank said...

Fascinating. Here in the States, NO ONE remembers WW I. Everyone is dead, and we were in it for such a short time it hardly made a dent in our longer-term consciousness (so-called 'Lost Generation' notwithstanding) I did my senior college honors thesis on the Battle of the Somme, which, as I recall, hit you guys pretty damn hard...

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

Hank
Here it's still in the public consciousness, but only just. My pal Pete's dad is a WW1 historian and Mrs SBW's dad also travels to France to make observances. They've introduced me to the art and poetry of the trenches so I'm probably more aware of the effects of the war than many of my contemporaries.
There is still the yearly remembrance but the focus is moving to more recent conflicts as the veterans pass on. UK society certainly was hit very hard by the war. People in their 70's now grew up in a world with few men around as the death toll had been so high.