Remembrance……

No matter what one thinks or believes about war, it is true to say that my generation and those following it to date have no experience of the overwhelming horrors (or even the occasional human glories) of total war. Our parents and grandparents were, through no fault of their own, forced,  cajoled, shamed, persuaded into their parts in these all engulfing conflicts. Little was it thought that the effects could be as long lasting as they have been.
I have just heard a radio broadcast about “War Brides” returning in the 80s to visit Britain again. These young women fell in love with American or Canadian service men and after WWII travelled to the lands of their spouses to live out their lives and bring up their children in “foreign lands”. A peculiar courage.
On a personal level my father’s upbringing was dominated by his father’s death on 25th October 1918. This upbringing, “sans pere, sans mere” , had a huge effect upon his life and later upon the way he brought up his own children. On reflection it also had an effect upon the way I contributed to the upbringing of my own children.
What is, I  now know, even more poignant is that my Great Uncle, my paternal grandfather’s brother, died on 22nd October 1918. How must their parents have felt?
Looking at the world today and its conflicts I wonder if what our parents went through was worth it? Hatred and enmity abound, not least that propagated on account of religious beliefs or racial grounds, and have sucked in so many.
Our parents fought the evils of fascism, both that which arose in Europe and that which arose elsewhere. Whatever we believe, we cannot avoid the fact that these previous generations gave up years of their lives for something in which they had a belief, to which they felt, for the most part, they owed a duty. For some it was the threat of fascism for others it was merely to defend their country and their way of life. Yes there were those who would have willingly seen Britain, and more of the world,  under the rule of regimes couched in fascist, racist ideals.
It behooves us to consider with care how we remember and  acknowledge,  or not, the sacrifices made by so many from such a wide world.

There is, in Britain,  a Zeitgeist among many of the generations subsequent to ours, remember, we are  the “baby-boomers”, which says that it is appropriate to remember  those who have died whilst serving their country. What is peculiar to this movement is that they also, vocally and visibly, support those who are currently serving.

Who are we to deny them this?

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2 Responses to “Remembrance……”

  1. padmum Says:

    War can be so devastating–to land, living and families. And yet, mankind seems to get into conflicts that respects neither life nor environment.

    Why do we allow our leaders to get us into such horrendously life threatening conflicts? I sometimes wonder if a piece of land is worth all this fighting about?

    You made me reflect…so I bow to you.

  2. Grannymar Says:

    War leaves scars on land and generations, even those unborn. How can we end it?

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