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Lest we forget… (November 11)

November 11, 2010

This is, of course, for the most part a light-hearted retro blog, but today I decided I should write a post that reflects the mood and atmosphere that rightly pervades the day – November 11, Remembrance Day.

So, if I may, I’d like to ask all of you, either at 11am today or at any moment you have spare or to yourself, to remember and consider those from the UK and overseas who have fought – and some died – in warfare to help secure the societies and freedoms we take for granted. By all means take a moment as well to remember those who in some corner of the world are fighting on our behalf today – indeed, speaking for myself, I may not agree with all ‘modern’ wars that have been fought in the name of my country, but I greatly admire and respect those that have sacrificed their lives for them.

Moreover, if you live in the UK and haven’t done so already, do buy a poppy and wear it, won’t you? The donation you give goes to a very worthy cause.

And, as this is a retro culture blog, let me leave you with a classic television moment that, while highlighting the often futility of war, also beautifully defines the great sacrifice many have made – and continue to make – in its name…

http://www.poppy.org.uk

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Neil permalink
    November 11, 2010 1:36 pm

    Well said.

  2. Peter permalink
    November 11, 2010 2:20 pm

    It should be remembered that whilst the main part of the Allied Army was UK + US, the spread of the allied nations was worldwide.
    Joanna Lumley has made the Ghurkas involvement well known.
    But even the Seikhs have had a century of involvement in the British army.
    Plus there was the Polish free army in the UK.
    Also, the ANZACs should never be forgotten.
    There were many more brave men from many fine countries.
    Despite the despotic leadership of the Eastern European country, we should not forget that Hitler turned on his own major ally, Russia. They too lost many good men.

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