WMC: November 2019
From the Manse...
As the nation's custodian of Remembrance, the Royal British Legion is committed to helping everyone understand the importance of Remembrance, so those sacrifices are never forgotten.
As we get closer to Remembrance Sunday, and prepare with the rest of our town to reflect and to remember those who paid the ultimate price and made the biggest sacrifice, we are reminded that this is a month for remembering.
We remember those who keep their vigil among the graves and tombstones in the fields of Flanders, at Tyne Cot, and the Menin Gate — people who are committed to the fact that there will always be those whose task it is to remember and not forget.
We remember all those whose names are on countless memorials and whose inscriptions represent a person who lived, and laughed, who was known and loved; a father, a son, a brother or an uncle, a mother, a daughter, a sister or an aunt, a loved one, a friend.
We remember that as we go about our daily business in safety and in freedom, as we meet and associate with those we like, as we share our views and opinions openly and disagree in debate and discussion, as we go to polling stations to register our vote free from intimidation and coercion and as we value all people, we do so and are able to, because others gave their lives that we might do just that.
In the words of Laurence Binyon;
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them".
We will remember them — today and each and every day!
With love and God Bless,
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