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I will be with my 93 year old father - if the weather is fine and he is well enough my son and I will push him to the War Memorial for the Commemoration and the Silence. My son will place a cross for him to commemorate his younger brother killed over Germany, and Pa will remember all those he loved and were lost.
If it's like last year, small children will see his medals and come and shake his hand and he will smile and salute them
If the weather is bad or he is poorly we will watch the service from the Cenotaph in Whitehall with him. I've always done this with my father, and now my son has taken over responsibility for organising it for Pa and pushing his wheelchair in the parade - he helped his beloved Grandpa write and publish his memoirs. I'm so proud of them both.
Wonderful idea Brumbull. "lest we forget"
Dont think anyone will even be thinking of posting on the forum at that time Brum. Most everyone I know respects .....has always respected .......Remembrance Sunday. It's a time that needs no reminding of, personally or globally.
This week it's been a personal remembrance time ...just like most everybody, we have respect , sadness and honour for ALL loss of life ........that we just don't forget.
Narurally at that time on Remembrance Sunday I'm sure those two minutes of silence will include our own private thoughts
We will be having a C of E Remembrance Sunday Service here in Dordogne (more than one, in several different villages) We borrow local Catholic churches. But the French have a Bank Holiday on the 11th November and they all go to their village war memorial for a Service in time for the 2 minutes silence.
In Belgium we do it on Remembrance Day - national holiday with services at the bigger memorials and wreaths laid at every village war memorial to those lost in the two wars. In my village that includes those deported to slavery in the factories and those shot for resisting as well as soldiers killed in the fighting.
You need to change your lovely picture of Anemone coronaria to one of a poppy.
Here is a poppy. I found Brumbull's "poppy" on Google Images, an American site, the American Legion. They obviously aren't gardeners!
Agree with Verdun.........can,t believe anyone would be posting during the two minute silence.Most of us will no doubt be at a service,watching on TV or be deep in our own private remembrance.
Those two minutes bring out the very best in people,and it is wonderful that more and more organisations,shops etc now join in,not just on Remembrance Sunday ,but also on 11th November.
Will be thinking not just of all those who lost their lives but especially my Dad and father in law who are longer with me now. Dove will be thinking of you too now, hope your dad is well enough to go and the weather is good that day.
Yes Lily,always sorry when the weather is bad and people have to stand around,especially the older veterans.
I weep for my grandad's experiences in WW1 - he talked continously, to me as a child, about what he had seen and suffered - I find it so hard every year. I can't find the words to describe what I feel. He survived but was mentally scarred. My youngest son is a soldier now (21) and has been to Afgan. He lost friends and some came back with terrible injuries. I am so sorry to post something so gloomy - please forgive me. But as a granddaughter and now as a mum, I do remember and give as much as I can to the Poppy Appeal (simply empty my purse) and also cry for our service men and women (I can't help it) who suffer - they have a job and did not sign up to sacrifice their lives as many politicians bleat. Ugh! Sorry - such an emotional subject.
We naturally consider everyone no longer with us I think. Most of us have a natural empathy that is ESP focused at this time.
my dad and my uncle were both in ww2 . dad was at belsen after its liberation .both have pasted on now . i wear my poppey with pride
My Dad was a marine architect in Devonport dockyard during the war - working out the quickest and most effective ways of repairing damaged warships and getting them to sea again as soon as possible. He and Mum were buried in their house for two days when it was bombed, and lost their six-month old daughter.
Father - in - law was on a cruiser,based mainly in Devonport, and he spent a large part of the war escorting merchant convoys to Murmansk in Northern Russia - his stories ( what we could get out of him! ), were horrendous.
Their experience and stories made me aware from an early age, of the debt we owe to them and their colleagues, and also the terrible things that happened in WW 1 - these times must never be forgotten. We owe it to all the Servicemen and women, and civilians, from those days, that our children and grandchildren are gently reminded that their present pretty comfortable lives are there thanks to those previous generations.
Haisie, don't be sorry about your post, nothing wrong with being a good emotional person.
Archie your father must have seen things that haunted him x
My Father in law, long gone, had a Burma star, was a prisoner of the Japanese. It will be emotional as ever for my H and all of us. I also wear my poppy with pride.
Pentille, our posts crossed. Such a sad sad post x
kef thank you.. my dad would have been about 19 . he told me about 2 years before he passed away
100 years ago today no-one knew that the world was on the verge of the most horrific conflict. If they had been told of the eventual losses they would have found it impossible to believe or take in. We should be ever vigilant of how we manage our own affairs lest we repeat the past. Next year's commemoration events deserve everyone's full support.
The sentiments expressed here show we are all the same...emotional, sad, regretful and respecful for those no longer with us.