By Rabbi Aaron Gol...
November 15, 2009
This Sunday marks the 75th Annual Remembrance Ceremony and Parade. The ex-Servicemen and women will fall in at Horse Guards Parade before marching to the Cenotaph at Whitehall for a memorial service.
At the time of the World Wars, it must have seemed inconceivable for those who survived them, to see the year 2000, let alone 2010. Yet here in our midst today, though afflicted by time, are those who remain true to their word, never to forget their fellow men and women who fell in battle, who were seriously injured and of course all those who have kept the memory alive who have died in subsequent years. Today, the mother of one of our members died at the age of 101. Her death today brought home to me the fact that this country now no longer has the presence of vets from the First World War, and yet time has not faded our memory of the tragedy of that war, the horrendous scale of loss – historians estimate that over 20 million people were killed - nor the immense courage of those who fought in it.
Yet what rings in my ears are the words of one of the last British veteran of the Western trenches of World War One, Harry Patch....
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