Thought for the Week

Campbeltown Courier - - DISTRICT NEWS - with Mar­i­lyn Shed­den

The old sol­dier straight­ened his medals again as he looked in the mir­ror. Where had his youth gone, he pon­dered. His taxi ar­rived and he asked the young driver to take him to the ceno­taph. As they drove, the old sol­dier thought the young driver was about the same age as he was when he joined up and his mind drifted back to his days in the trenches. They chat­ted eas­ily and when they ar­rived at the ceno­taph, the young man got out of the cab, came round to open the door for the old sol­dier and as he did so he stood to at­ten­tion and gave a smart salute. The old sol­dier reached for his wal­let and asked how much he owed the young driver. The re­sponse was this: ‘Sir, you do not owe me any­thing, but I owe you ev­ery­thing.’ On Sun­day we en­ter a week of re­mem­ber­ing. We re­flect on so much as we ap­proach that mo­ment which will take us to the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. That day which is for­ever etched in hearts and his­tory. It is a time not only of na­tional, but of in­ter­na­tional mourn­ing for the loss of so many young lives. It is a time for re­flec­tion, for thought­ful­ness and for that hope that it will not hap­pen again. This week we think about those who are ‘there but not there’. All week Clachan’s church will be open for pri­vate re­flec­tion with a dis­play of mem­o­ra­bilia and each evening from 7pm there will be a short time of re­mem­ber­ing to­gether. On Satur­day, at 7.30am as the sky light­ens, we will re­flect on those who were shot at dawn.

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