At 11 o’clock this Sunday morning, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year the country along with other nations through the world will fall silent to commemorate the contribution of military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts and to honour those who gave their lives doing so. Now, as these conflicts continue to rage across the world it is more important than ever that we continue to help our children remember and appreciate the sacrifice that has and is being made for as Sayeeda Warsi writes in The Telegraph today “when we come together to reflect this Sunday, let’s remember our duty to educate future generations of our forebears’ sacrifices”.
Remembrance Sunday also carries a central theme of tolerance and freedom – men and women have given their lives over the years in the pursuit of a more tolerant and freer world and in that sense we all have a debt of gratitude for their sacrifice. However, as we commemorate Remembrance Day with our children let us help them understand the value of that sacrifice, what is truly means to be able to live in a free and liberated society and honour the sacrifice that was made by the heroic men and women that gave their lives (and continue to do so) by bringing future generations up to be responsible and respectful citizens that remember and do not forget.
They shall grow not 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.