Thought for the week

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ON Sun­day I at­tended the war me­mo­rial in Llan­dudno as the lo­cal Bri­tish Le­gion Chap­lain to lead the act of remembranc­e. Last year there were thou­sands of peo­ple in at­ten­dance be­cause it was the 100th an­niver­sary of the First World War.

And next year it will be the 75th an­niver­sary of the end of the Second World War.

So this year is some­thing of an in-be­tween year, sand­wiched as it is be­tween these ma­jor com­mem­o­ra­tions.

But there will still be plenty of peo­ple at the war me­mo­rial none­the­less. Why?

Be­cause it still mat­ters. We still feel the need to gather to re­mem­ber those who gave their lives for our safety and free­dom. They be­lieved in our coun­try and what it stood for, and we are grate­ful for their sacri­fice.

But do we be­lieve in our coun­try? Do we even know what our coun­try stands for any more?

I don’t think I am say­ing any­thing con­tro­ver­sial when I sug­gest that per­haps we are not as sure as those sol­diers were. Then, the re­al­ity of ag­gres­sion against our coun­try and its val­ues gave them some­thing to fight for.

In these times of tur­bu­lence, di­vi­sive pol­i­tics and widely dif­fer­ing opin­ions about the best di­rec­tion for our coun­try, we need to re­mem­ber the sacri­fice of those who gave their lives for it. We must re­mind our­selves of the val­ues and at­ti­tudes that made them proud to be Bri­tish and seek to stay true to our her­itage as a tol­er­ant and re­spect­ful so­ci­ety. And we must pray for our politi­cians that, as they seek to get into par­lia­ment and power, they will hold be­fore them a vi­sion of a Bri­tain we can all be proud of.

Rev Bev Rams­den

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