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Is Remembrance Sunday still relevant today?

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My earliest memory has to be when I was 10/11 sat with my mum, in Japan, with boxes of clear plastic wreaths, thousands of paper poppies and laminated circle stickers bearing logos of various armed forces, The Royal British Legion etc. etc. We would spend days popping the poppies into the pre-cut holes and making the iconic wreaths you see. We would go to a big ceremony every year and it was boring when you're that young. But I remember how proud I was to have helped make the wreaths and running through the neatly lined pristine white gravestones in the most immaculate graveyard you have ever been too –reading who had died. As I got older 15/16 I remember being freezing wearing a leotard and floaty skirt performing a group dance in Kirklington Church – in front of friends, family and local parishioners.

poppy wreath

Then for while I'd kind of forgotten all about Remembrance Sunday – to be reminded if I was in a car at 11am for the 2 minute silence or when Moo asked for a £1 for a poppy at school. This year however was slightly different – Moo is a Beaver and specific church services are very important to them. Remembrance Sunday being one of them. However Olive's pre-school we're also involved in our village parade. (To clarify Moo goes to Beavers in another town). David took the girls (gutted I didn't get to see my girls lay the Pre-School wreath on the Memorial at West Moors. Megan showed me after and she was so proud.) and I went with Moo to St. Ives Church. The children were so well behaved and as the names of those who lost their lives from 1914 – present day were read out in the church, my eyes welled. As we prayed and then sang the national anthem a tear dropped – both with sadness and pride.

We just don't know how lucky we are.

It's so easy to think about war as something that doesn't affect us. Our lives are so different to those of men, women and children in the 1940's but yet 446 service men and woman have died in Afghanistan since the conflict began in 2001. We CANNOT forget those who have given and those who give daily their lives in order for ours to remain as it does.

War is not something that occurred long before I was born, it is here it is happening.

 poppy girls laying wreath

www.paradoxphotography.co.uk - photo credit 

To wear a poppy with pride costs £1 and this money is so valued and utilised effectively by the Royal British Legion. On the 11th November at 11am a 2 minute silence is observed in remembrance. The Sunday closest to the 11th of November church services and memorials are held across the country – many for less than 1 hour. Next year take a moment out of your day to remember those who gave everything.

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.

(taken from Laurence Binyon's poem, "For the Fallen" )

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  1. Remembering is more relevant today than ever before in my opinion. I've always worn a poppy, always taken a couple of minutes to reflect both on Remembrance Sunday and on 11th. I have family who fought and died in both wars, I grew up on the outskirts of a military town and lived there during the Falklands War. I grew up with bomb scares in the shopping centre and at school. I'm very proud to remember, I'm very proud to wear a poppy and to buy Monkey one (who loved wearing it. As he grows up I will explain what it is all about and who we have to remember within both sides of his family. We were in London for a blogging event on Sunday, and in the afternoon we visited the Cenotaph. It was very moving to be there with all the various wreathes and no traffic. We then watched a wreath laying ceremony in Horse Guards Parade. We must never forget.

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  2. A great post Joanne, this year I have thought more about Remembrance Sunday I think due to the fact that my Dad is not here, so yesterday I dug out my great grandfathers medals, he died in WW1 and my grandads medals he was in WW2 and was one of the lucky ones who got rescued from Dunkirk, we really do owe a great thanks to the past and present armed forces who enable us to live our lives freely x

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  3. Ailsa

    We attended the parade and the small ceremony by the memorial in Verwood today. I agree, it's not something I have thought about really for a few years but now older I feel that I can truly passionately understand what it is we are 'remembering'. As a child I agreed it was sad and agreed we should think of the 'soldiers' but it never really got to me like it did today. Unfortunately I know of a young lad who was killed aged 22 in Afghanistan and you are right it is here and happening and we should all take the time to remember the past and present who 'gave their today for our tomorrow'.

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