We will re­mem­ber them

David Jones on how we re­mem­ber those who fell in two world wars and con­flicts since

Llanelli Star - - Letters -

THIS Sun­day we stand as a na­tion in re­mem­brance of those who died in two world wars and all con­flicts since.

Wreaths will be laid by vet­er­ans and the young alike in re­mem­brance of those who gave them­selves for the sake of the lib­erty and free­dom we often take so much for granted.

This year’s re­mem­brance has greater mean­ing as in 1918 at 11am this Sun­day the weapons of war fell silent as af­ter four years of bit­ter con­flict and the loss of mil­lions of lives the first world war came to an end.

One of the ma­jor con­flicts of that war was com­mem­o­rated last year when 325,000 al­lied and 260,000 Ger­man ca­su­al­ties lost their lives. More than 300 of the Welsh reg­i­ment fell in bat­tle on the first day of Pass­chen­daele in hor­rific con­di­tions of heavy rain­fall and seas of mud.

Pass­chen­daele was part of a war that was to have been the ‘war to end all wars.’ Sadly, that was not to be.

With the con­tin­ued threat of ter­ror­ism and ris­ing ten­sions in many parts of the world a last­ing peace seems as far away as ever. That’s why we also re­mem­ber those of our armed forces who still serve in many sit­u­a­tions of dan­ger in our deeply di­vided world.

They, too, will be re­mem­bered in the prayers of a na­tion grate­ful for their ded­i­ca­tion and ser­vice of their coun­try.

We also re­mem­ber those vet­er­ans who suf­fered in­jury and trauma whose brav­ery we sa­lute at this time. The Invictus games last month in Aus­tralia are a timely re­minded of the for­ti­tude, strength and courage of so many.

This Sun­day we also share the vi­sion of a day when as the Bible says ‘they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into prun­ing hooks: na­tion shall not lift up sword against na­tion, nei­ther shall they learn war any more.’

Two world wars and ev­ery con­flict since have meant great sac­ri­fice by some for the sake of oth­ers. How true the words of Je­sus: “No one can have greater love than to lay down his life for his friends” with quiet grat­i­tude and thanks­giv­ing we wear our pop­pies and re­mem­ber those who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice in two world wars and the more re­cent con­flicts.

Pray­ing that peace will come to our trou­bled world and that Je­sus the Prince of peace might reign in the hearts of all peo­ple.

‘At the go­ing down of the sun and in the morn­ing, we will re­mem­ber them’

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