Remembrance

Tomorrow on the eleventh day of the eleven month at the eleventh hour many countries will hold 2 minutes of silence in honour of the fallen of World War I  or as it was known 99 years ago The Great War, the war to end all wars. We all know now that it wasn’t but who back then knew Europe would be throwing it’s young men away again in just 21 years. Mothers must have been distraught that they wouldn’t see their beloved sons again, fathers might have been broken but proud. Wives would lose beloved husbands and some children a father they didn’t know. Some poor people would lose out by losing a loved one in each World War as those too young the first time round rushed to join for the second.

I think over the years since then there have been a few more localised wars for some of us. The young still join the forces because of a pride they have in their country and go off to fight and die for their causes. But should they? I’ll be honest and say if I was a U.S. citizen called to fight for my country these days I wouldn’t want too unless there were Russian troops on my soil. There’s nothing there to be proud of anymore and let’s face it, the next war may be there anyway between Republican and Democratic voters or worse still Black and White. Things in the UK could become just as bad with the Brexiteers and the non- Brexiteers.

Over all these 99 years and heading for a big anniversary next year we need to decide whether the mothers and fathers, wives and children have cried enough for what they’ve lost and whether the rest of us have taken note. There’s no need for this mass killing anymore, no need to lose a generation of people who might, if still alive, make huge contributions to our health or welfare.Let’s concentrate on getting along with our neighbours and making the world a safer. nicer place to live in where no-one is bankrupted by the cost of war anymore, be it money or lives.

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About davidprosser

Retired Local Government Officer who started to write at age 60 and hasn't looked back. Writes a humorous diary on the life of a member of the gentry.......and the village he lives in with his sadistic early morning alarm cat Oscar and his wife the formidable Lady J.
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6 Responses to Remembrance

  1. jilldennison says:

    I fully agree with you, but … human nature being what it is, I do not think we have seen the last of wars and killing. It is unfortunate, but I don’t think we ever will. Excellent post,

    xxx Cwtch xxx

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  2. davidprosser says:

    We need the means to be able to stop leaders declaring war without the agreement of the people, it’s our lives they play with not their own. Wars declared so rich men who make weapons become richer and probably supply both sides is wrong.
    Thanks for the comment and I’m afraid you’re probably right. I can’t throw out hope though.
    xxx Cwtch xxx

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  3. I don’t think many of us harbour any illusions about the romance of war, these days. It is just going to take a while for the species to catch up with biological change and undo the tribal instincts of 50 million years. Not, I fear, in my lifetime, nor those of my sons. But it doesn’t stop us trying, nonetheless, and if we can just persuade a few more to come down from the trees I guess we won’t have lived in vain. I wish I could feel more encouraged, David, but I join your thoughts in many ways. We live in troubled, very dangerous times. Your heart does you honour. Best, Fred.

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    • davidprosser says:

      You’re very kind Fred. I have the same doubts you have and under some Governments who won’t make allowances for the damage done to the environment, the makers and dealers in weapons of war and the ammunition sold everywhere I see the Earth lies Bleeding way beyond the time of my grandchildren.We need to start educating children in school of the futility of war and the terrible waste of manhood. We should encourage them to be prepared always to do as Churchill said, Jaw Jaw rather than War War. Maybe our work and words won’t be needed then.
      Until that time I’ll settle for hoping you have a Wonderful Christmas my friend.
      Regards, David

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