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We will remember... Answered

They shall not grow old
as we that are left grow old;
age shall not weary them,
not the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
we will remember them.
We will remember them.

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josh92176
josh92176

13 years ago

Lest we forget Sorry I'm really late I haven't signed in lately -josh

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chooseausername
chooseausername

13 years ago

I remember when they taught us, at school, about WW1 and WW2.

When they told us how many persons died, it was just numbers. What does represent "20 millions" in the head of a young teenager ?

When they told us about all those soldiers that came, fought and died, it was "normal", because, after all, "soldiers" are supposed to "fight" and to "die" ... that's their "job" ...

When they told us all the details and mechanisms of those wars, it was just boring stories of the past ... What's several years of nightmare and millions of dead when summarized within few paragraphs ?

When they showed us books, pictures and movies about those wars, that was just books, pictures and movies about outdated events ... who care about the horror of the past when the youth pushes in the opposite direction ?

But older I become, and more I'm able to actually understand, more I'm able to imagine their sacrifices, their fears and their nightmares ... But that's just "imagination" ...

I never talked about WW2 with my grandparents, or about WW1 with their parents. I was too young and they all died before I get mature enough to understand what it was all about.
I only know that the father of my father fought, was made POW, and was sent in a camp somewhere in Germany.
I also know he was prematurely born during WW1, and that he was so small that his mother kept him in a shoe-box in way of bed ...

Still remain a grand-uncle and a grand-aunt who lived during WW2, but they don't seem to want to talk about this period ... and I dare not asking too much questions about that. They are old, and maybe they don't want to remember ?
I simply know he was forced to leave his village, and that he went back after the war to marry her ... (they were born in the same village and grown together).

Well, we all know that "war is bad", but how many of us are actually able to actually understand the nightmare they lived ? ...
We "remember them", but how long will we remember why we should not forget them if we're unable to understand the nightmares they lived ? ... =o/

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Walk round any large UK city and, even today, you can still see the scars of the Blitz. In very places were the bombsites so completely built over that they have been hidden. Look down a row of terraced houses - see the odd one part way down? Bombsite. The nightmare isn't over. War still goes on, sacrifices are still made. The physical and emotional price is still being paid.

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Lftndbt
Lftndbt

13 years ago

' Thanks KM Still a bit weapy.. wish I got to meet my Grandad's... :*(

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its a lion
its a lion

Reply 13 years ago

i wish i got to meet my grandfather too. he was a pow in vietnam. they executed him.

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jakee117
jakee117

13 years ago

' kind of late but I still want to pay respects even though i didn't know any veterans

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Kiteman
Kiteman

13 years ago

Thank you, all, for the responses. Remembrance parade yesterday, round the war memorial with the local veterans. Hearing those lines read out always brings a lump to my throat, but when the voice is old and proud, and I look round and see fewer faces every year, I genuinely have to fight back the tears.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

13 years ago

. Forget silence - I want to shout it from the mountain tops. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Pat Sowers
Pat Sowers

13 years ago

WE will never forget the men who gave their life for our freedom. A moment of silence please.