November 11th Remembrance Day, a day to think of all those who died through conflict. It commemorates the end of hostilities of World War 1 which ended Nov 11th 1918, 100 years ago and was originally called Armistice Day. Sadly there are still many people losing their lives in hostile situations. Sometimes it seems humanity has learnt little from past wars and still wants to go on perpetuating mans’ inhumanity to man. This Remembrance Day we will wear our poppies with pride and hope that less families will be affected by loss through hostility in the year to come. All families who have been affected by such loss we hold in our thoughts and meditations.
At this time we often quote a verse from the poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)
‘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’
But the last verse of the poem is less often heard:
‘As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.’