A Century On – Remember The Fallen

100 years ago, a war started. They called it The War To End All Wars. Over 16 million people died in that War. Over 20 million were wounded.

The War did not end all wars. It showed a new way of killing millions. Maybe one day we will look back at every single man woman and child who gave their lives or had their lives taken, and see it as a barbaric time in the growing of mankind. It would be perfect if no-one else had to die because of a tyrant wanting oil, or a despot wanting a neighbouring country; a dictator wanting more power or an oppressor ruling by execution.

People like my grandfather who died as a result of being in a Japanese Prisoner of War camp. My cousin who watched his friends die in the first Iraq war. Wars were bloody before that, and they have been bloody since. Nobody wins in a war, but everybody loses.

Whether you call it Remembrance Day or Veteran’s Day, today we remember every soldier who gave their life in conflict.

Below the photo is a poem I wrote two years ago and reposted last year on November 11th.

Poppy growing outside the Battle of Britain War Memorial, taken in 2012

Poppy growing outside the Battle of Britain War Memorial, taken in 2012

Remember The Fallen

For what they gave, we always remember
Every year, on the eleventh of November

For those heroes, there will be no tomorrow
We think of them and their courage with sorrow

In the UK, it is Sunday, Day of Remembrance
Where we think of the fallen with much deference

In the US, the day is called veteran’s Day
Where troops march past where the soldiers lay

We think of the soldiers who have died in a war
And we know full well there will be many more

All wars come with a very high price
We mourn those who pay the ultimate sacrifice

All soldiers are heroes and have our respect
You know what I say is true and correct

I hope one day we can say no soldier has died
Where countries can live together, side by side

Until then we can only hope and pray
Our men and women see another day

© A Forbes 2012

A Photo A Day … December 28 2012

I’ve been very busy today, so not able to go out. This is a photo that I took in September. The caption reads:

This Grappling iron is one of many used by the British sailors and Royal Marines to hold HMS Vindictive against The Mole during the Raid on Zeebrugge on the 23rd April 1918

Made at Chatham Dockyard, it bears the scars it received during the fierce battle when the Raiding Parties landed in the face of heavy enemy gunfire at point blank range.

The Zeebrugge Bell above the Town Hall, is rung at noon on the anniversary each year by the Town Mayor to commemorate the raid, the success of which denied the enemy use of the Belgian canals for the remainder of the war.

Eight Victoria Crosses were awarded for a battle lasting only 70 minutes

December 28 2012