LEST WE FORGET
Today on Remembrance Sunday most of the world pauses for a few moments to pay their respects at Cenotaph`s or in Churches around the world. A time to remember those who fought, served and gave their lives in the many wars throughout the age and even now. Today is the centenary of the end of WW1 and as we pay homage to those who fought and died for their country over 100 years ago, we must always remember.
Five years ago, I had the privilege of going to Flanders Fields in Belgium where some of WW1 took place and I even visited Tyne Cot, the cemetery for the British soldiers. And as I looked out over the plush, green fields of Passchendaele that over 100 years ago were covered with bodies, ammunition and much blood and in the thick of the mud too, was very hard to comprehend. It brought `tears to my eyes` as it did for those who travelled with me, as I reflected on the horror that occurred on that battlefield. The scale of the atrocity is incomprehensible, but we must always remember.
As I left Passchendaele, Flanders Fields and Tyne Cot and returned to my comfortable life, `LEST WE FORGET` were the words that will haunt me forever, because of the bravery of so many soldiers. Moreover, I had the privilege of meeting a war veteran recently who served in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. She is now a lecturer at New College and she said that we must `never forget` any war because of the `sacrifice of so many, for peace and freedom for so many. ` It may be 100 years ago when the Great War ended but it still impacts our world in so many ways today. And as we reflect on the `courage of the fallen` let`s make sure our bravery for the Gospel today will still be impacting lives, many years from now.