At this time of Remembrance we have to consider what it is that we are remembering ? Or perhaps the question should be ‘ Whom are we remembering ? ‘
As the symbol of the Poppy and the date of Remembrance are linked with the First World War there are few who have any knowledge of that dreadful conflict. For those with memories of the second World War and other later conflicts, there are memories and experiences which are both pleasant and unpleasant
As we set aside time to Remember, we should forget the unpleasant events and
dwell more on what we can be doing now to the building of a better world.
This does not mean that we should not be aware of all those who were killed and wounded and are suffering today as a result of their experiences.
We do remember that the freedom which we enjoy today was won at a great cost. As we pay our tribute, in our prayers, our wreaths, our poppies, our silence , these are all part of that tribute as are the offerings made
at Church Services .
Our resolve from this time should be to ensure that those who are in need of help are not neglected. We need to support those Charities who are committed to providing help to those who are still suffering today as well as to their families
This positive approach when we are looking to the future, while remembering, the losses and the suffering in the past will help us to leave the leave the bad memories behind.