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.
Spent part of last Wed. selling poppies on behalf of the Royal British Legion, in Arnold (through my Rotary Club) and then spent this evening (as I always do) watching the closing ceremony of the Festival of Remembrance.
Later today (Sun.) I will lead three services and each will include the two-minute silence, even though two of the services will be afternoon and evening.
Why ? Because I believe that a nation who forgets returns to the same hatred and prejudice which causes war in the first place. Today I wear my poppy with pride because I don`t want to forget those who lost their lives in a succession of wars, and those who are even now engaged in fighting somewhere in the world;wearing the poppy isn`t about glorifying warfare as some have suggested, but it’s about thankfulness for the bravery of those who protect our country in the past, present and future.
And it’s about praying for a peaceful world where there will be no more bloodshed or tears, a world as intended by God when He first created it; a world redeemed by the sacrifice of His son Jesus Christ and a world given the ability to be a better place by the power of the Holy Spirit.