This year the Remembrance Day weekend passed in a haze of thoughtfulness as to the passing of my mother, the years I spent at her bedside watching the annual National Service of Remembrance in Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday.
|The Cenotaph, Whitehall, London|
2004 after the wreaths have been laid
The Queen, members of the Royal Family, the Government, all organisations associated with the Service forces attend the Cenotaph, hear the two minute silence ...
... and take part in the Service and march past – laying a wreath for each person (the Queen) and related organisation – Army, Navy, Air Force, charities associated etc etc ... The whole lasts quite a few hours ... but the first part on tv is on for one and three quarter hours ...
It is always moving, we meet (on tv or the radio) family members who have lost loved ones, or members who are so appreciative of their supportive organisations helping them to rehabilitate into civilian life – I always shed a tear ...
|The Annual Festival of Remembrance at the|
Royal Albert Hall
The night before there is the Royal British Legion’s annual Festival of Remembrance, which pays tribute to all victims of war and conflict ... all are recognised and honoured ... both of these Services are totally inclusive.
This year Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday coincide – the 11th November – up until 1945 Armistice Day (the end of World War One) was always held on 11.11 at 11.00 am – while after World War Two ... it has become customary for the Service to be held on Remembrance Sunday – the nearest to the 11th.
|outside the Guards Chapel:|
(The Royal Military Chapel)
on Birdcage Walk, London
"Pause to Remember"
Today all sufferers of conflict are remembered ... those that died for us, the bereaved, the families of all, those who need our care and our support ...
... the people who live but need help and adjustment ... be they blind, limbless, bereaved, homeless, suffering disability or mental disability ... all deserve our thoughts, prayers and assistance having suffered so much for us to retain our freedom.
|The poppy is an instantly|
recognisable symbol of respect
for those who have made the
ultimate sacrifice in conflicts
past and present
I thought of my mother, her first husband, her brother .... and all others in similar situations – I have perhaps paid more attention to the goings on in the world ... I heard things that would have floated over my head – history has a strange way of bringing aspects home to roost.
I learnt about war, its outcome, its build up perhaps more than I’ve ever done ... I learnt to look at different countries and their attitude to war, their approach to war and how we are now ... reflection and growing old is interesting – disconcerting to say the least ... there is no-one left in the immediate family to ask those questions of ...
|Military Wives choir 2010|
In both Services we had hymns, prayers, uplifting music, tear-jerking moments, rich thoughtful words ... and plenty of time for thought ...
|'Follow the King'|
National War Aims Committee
British Library Board
Last year on this day 13th November ... I learnt that the British Library is curating the “Europeana Collections 1914-1918: Remembering the World War” – available 2014 at the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
This will be a substantial collection of material from national libraries and other partners from eight countries that found themselves on different sides of the historic conflict ...
TheBritish Library link ... with more details ..
link here ...
as quoted on this site:
|A record from the Europeana collection|
This material will highlight the importance of the First World War for a common European identity and be reflective of the different experiences of individuals and groups on all sides of the conflict including different ethnic, linguistic, political, social and religious communities and those opposed to the war.
It will permit new interpretations of history that go far beyond traditional military history and include artistic and cultural reinterpretation of the experiences of 1914-1918.
So at this Remembrance time ... we remember so many, so many who died or suffered so that our common life is enriched ... for our tomorrow they gave their today ....
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