Friday, 11 November 2011

Lest We Forget.

Today is Remembrance Day. Not only is it a day for us to remember those killed and injured in WWI and WWII, but also a day for us to remember those who have been killed and injured in all wars, especially the war still going on in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's important for us to remember those men and women who died fighting for our country. Everyone will know someone who died for our freedom. Thankfully we only have two members of our family who were killed. So today, on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, I will be remembering Reginald Woodcock, and Henry Ellis. Lest We Forget.

Why do I wear a poppy? I'll tell you if I may,
Because I believe remembrance is not only for one day.
I wear it for the fallen, And for those falling still.
For those who come back broken, in body or in will.
For the parents, spouses, siblings, where bereavement takes its toll.
Whose pain will never leave them, it eats into their soul.
For the wino in the corner, of his old life nothing's left.
Now he wishes when in battle, he had died a hero's death.
For the lad who loved a kick-about, in the park with all his mates,
But now his legs are held together, with pins and metal plates.
For the selfless men and women, whose final journey home,
is in a Union flag-draped coffin, on comrades' shoulders borne.
For all those marching proudly, in Remembrance day parades,
My Poppy's worn in gratitude, for the sacrifice they made.

Henry Ellis
Born 11th January 1887
Died 25th September 1917
Rest In Peace

Laying down flowers when I visited Henry Ellis's grave in 2006. I was an un-cool 15 year old - please excuse the clothes.

Grave number IX.E.20. Duhallow ADS Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium.
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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