Photo: Royal British Legion.

It’s 100 years since the end of WW1, nothing in terms of time, just over a single lifetime, but all those lives lost in that conflict, and not just in the Great War but in WW2 as well, and the Falklands, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria … they didn’t have their full lifetime, nor did they who lost their loved ones. And it’s the loss, I think, that must hit the hardest, the grief that becomes less raw as it becomes more familiar, but always remains even if it changes form.

Living memories are dwindling as the numbers of those who survived lessen through the passage of time, but that perhaps means we need to remember all the more those who weren’t able to live out their lives in full. As the poem says, they won’t grow old, as we who are left grow old, but they should have grown old. They should have had that chance. And at the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will indeed remember them because it’s all we can give, and they deserve everything we can give.

This is a lovely memorial by one artist, to local soldiers from Slimbridge, Gloucestershire … one of very many memorials to those who didn’t come back from the war to end all wars … but which, after all, sadly was not.



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