95 years on

Via a friend I’m reminded that 95 years ago today was the opening day of the Somme, and by 12:30 PM over 50,000 of Britain’s soldiers were dead or wounded.

A mere 95 years after that event our politicians would sneak our honoured dead out the service entrance when they’re brought back home “to avoid public scenes of emotion”.

No matter what we may think about the conflicts we’re involved in, the soldiers who give their lives for this country deserve to be publicly honoured and their sacrifice acknowledged and remembered.

Please sign the petition to prevent them being brought home like some shameful secret.

“We Demand A Main Road Public Parade For Our Fallen Soldiers!”

I leave you with some words by Henry Reed, particularly the last verse:

    Elegy in a country churchyard

The men that worked for England
they have their graves at home;
And bees and birds of England
about the cross can roam.

But they that fought for England
following a falling star,
Alas, alas for England
they have their graves afar.

And they that rule in England
in stately conclave met,
Alas, alas for England
they have no graves as yet.

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2 Responses to 95 years on

  1. Andrea Davies says:

    A dispicable decision, our armed forces deserve more respect than this. Emotion is human or are we all to become cold iron hearted drones like the Government

  2. Pandora says:

    I wouldn’t actually want to be a part of the armed forces but I do think they deserve our respect. After all they are all someone’s son, daughter, brother, sister, significant other & as such when they are repatriated we should all feel something & they shouldn’t be “hidden away”