A poppy and a poem, with a note for mates

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WHY do I wear a poppy?

I’ll tell you if I may, be­cause I be­lieve re­mem­brance is not only for one day.

I wear it for the fallen, and for those fall­ing still for those who come back bro­ken in body or in will.

For the par­ents, spouses, sib­lings where be­reave­ment takes its toll.

Whose pain will never leave them, it eats into their soul, for the wino on the cor­ner, of his old life noth­ing’s left.

Now he wishes when in bat­tle he had died a hero’s death.

For the lad who loved a kick-about in the park with all his mates, but now his legs are held to­gether with pins and metal plates

For the self­less men and women whose fi­nal jour­ney home, is in a union flag-draped cof­fin on com­rades’ shoul­ders borne.

For all those march­ing proudly In Re­mem­brance Day pa­rades, my poppy’s worn in grat­i­tude for the sac­ri­fice they made.

Rest in peace. Jack Col­bert, Seaforth NOTE: Many for­mer Royal Navy per­son­nel hav­ing left, pos­si­bly quite some time back, are now miss­ing the ca­ma­raderie they had with their old ship­mates.

To re­live that ca­ma­raderie and pos­si­bly meet their old ship­mates, they should get the monthly mail­ing list of RN re­unions giv­ing the dates, which HM ship’s as­so­ci­a­tion, where it is be­ing held and who to con­tact.

Have a look at www.rn­ship­mates.co.uk and check out the Re­unions sec­tion, there are now well over 30. Re­unions list­ings is avail­able by email­ing roy­al­navyre­unions@gmail.com.

See where the re­unions are held, and what is in­cluded; a visit some­where, a gala din­ner, a tra­di­tional tot of rum on most of them. This ser­vice is free – no sub­scrip­tions or do­na­tions.

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