Today, as I write this article, it is the 11th November; a day where we commemorate the end of four years of continuous warfare in WWI.
As the young men went off to war, everyone believed it would be only a matter of weeks, perhaps months, before they all returned home. How misguided they all were. The horrors those men saw, the horrors they performed, were all in the name of freedom, to keep our country safe. And they did it with a sense of patriotism and upholding the right. The First World War brought together over 70 million people, and ended the lives of between 9 and 13 million, many of them buried in unknown graves1.
Today marks 101 years since the guns fell silent on the Western Front. The Allied forces had pushed back against the Germans, a moment that many soldiers and civilians alike must’ve wondered would ever come. The end of the war brought a sense of celebration, but also profound loss and sadness. Those who returned would never be the same.
Taking a minute’s silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleven month is a show of respect for all our soldiers, men and women, who’ve sacrificed their lives in all conflicts.
‘They shall not grow 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.’
Lest we forget.
Article Written by Linda Kemp, Communications Specialist