“For the Fallen”
“They shall not grow old,as we who are left grow old,
Age will not weary them,or the years comdemn.
At the going down of the sun,and in the morning,
We will remember them.”
Laurence Binyon .1914
These words were engraved on a wooden plaque fixed to a wall of the Aula in one of my first schools. Underneath was a large wooden plaque telling us the names of Teachers and Pupils from Stepgates who had fallen in two world wars.
On November the 11th we will remember the fallen again. Some of us may wear a red poppy, others will just remember.
In London an ageing Queen will lay a wreath at the foot of the Cenotaph in Whitehall, and a handfull of Veterans will try and straighten their backs, shakingly salute, and with tears in their eyes march by.
Britain, the Commonwealth, and the USA will remember the Armistice, of 1918 and in many Churches services will be held to this purpose.
But according to an article in a London paper last Saturday,there are members of the Clergy who feel they can’t hold these services any more because they conflict with the ideolgy and lives of congregational members from other countries and cultures living in Britain. Must we all forget.?
“In Flanders’ field the poppies grow,
between the Crosses row on row.
We shall not sleep though Poppies grow
in Flanders’ fields.”
Lt,Col. John Mc Crea . Canadian Army 1872-1915