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.
From Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For the Fallen’, written in September 1914.
Today is Remembrance Sunday, the second Sunday in November which is closest to the 11th November, the anniversary of Armistice Day, when hostilities in the First World War finally came to an end in 1918. We commemorate the servicemen and women who gave their lives in both World Wars and in later and current conflicts.
Wreaths of poppies are a poignant reminder of the poppies which grew in abundance over the former battle fields, and the two minutes silence observed at the stroke of 11am, marking the hour at which the First World War ceased, is a dignified and moving tribute to the tragedy of the countless thousands who lost their lives.
Many civilians also perished in the World Wars and we also remember them.