As I sat last night watching the memorial services from Belgium and Westminster Abbey, it set me thinking about how right it is that we mark this occasion suitably. The next 4 years will bring many memorial events to the forefront of life in the 21st century.
This lead me to revisit my family history and be thankful for all I have and am. I thank God that my grandfathers both survived WW1, and father survived WW2 - otherwise I would not be here to write this. Rather than maudlin musings on mortality, my thoughts turn to the changes that have taken place since '"The wars to end all wars".
Communication springs to mind - imagine:
There are many men and women to remember across the world, and interestingly their stories to find and discover over the next few years. I look forward to the exploration and the opportunity we will have to learn and discover our pasts.
Watching the news this morning prompted me to put my name down to purchase by way of donation, one of the 888,246 ceramic poppies which are being 'planted' in the moat of The Tower of London, with the last to be put in place on 11th November this year. These poppies represent a life of a servicemen who died during the conflict.
Purchasing a poppy seems very important as a mark of respect and remembrance (I don't think my back could take 4 hours of 'planting' them into the moat - they are seeking volunteers to do just that, though I may reconsider this later in September - hopefully I'll be fitter).
Now back to my family history research.
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