2012-11-10 18:32:10

The voices of veterans: lest we never forget

November is the time of the year when we wear a red poppy in memory of those who sacrificed their lives for us during wars.

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice, on 11th November 1918, to signal the end of World War One because at 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare.

So Remembrance Day is a special day set aside to remember all those men and women who were killed during the two World Wars and other conflicts.

Special services are held at war memorials and churches all over Britain and in many other parts of the world.

We pay tribute to those who “gave their lives for their countries”, who “paid the supreme sacrifice”, and we remember so that “it may never happen again”.

Fortunately for the majority of people, a conflict like WWII for instance, is not something we have experienced at first hand. Our knowledge of it tends to come from history books or is gleaned from a television programme, a film or an article in a newspaper.

But that is not the case for war veterans who know only to well what it is like to fight in a war.

On a day like this, we let them do most of the talking…

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