Never for­get lives lost for our free­dom

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AT 11am to­day the coun­try will come to a stand­still.

This year, more than ever, we come to­gether to hon­our those who fought for us.

It is a mo­men­tous day. A cen­tury has passed since the First World War came to an end.

We were sup­posed to learn lessons. It was sup­posed to be “The War to End All Wars”. But of course it wasn’t. It raised the cur­tain on a bloody cen­tury, where we lost men and women on an unimag­in­able scale.

Tech­nol­ogy and mass mo­bil­i­sa­tion turned na­tions into killing ma­chines.

And al­most every part of the globe was touched by con­flict.

We didn’t learn the lessons that were in front of us.

One day, per­haps, we might. And only then will we truly hon­our the sac­ri­fices of those who served.

In the mean­time, we must re­mem­ber the fallen.

There was some talk that 100 years is enough and that the time for re­mem­brance is done. But that is non­sense. It is more vi­tal than ever that we mark th­ese ter­ri­ble wars.

Be­sides, re­mem­brance is in our blood. It is part of the na­tional DNA – and so it should be.

It’s in the names we learn at school and from the news: The Somme, Ypres, Pass­chen­daele, Basra, Hel­mand and Gal­lipoli.

But, more im­por­tantly, it’s in the names we see every day.

Those names en­graved on the vil­lage war me­mo­rial.

The names on boards in the town hall, on park benches, plaques and in me­mo­rial gar­dens.

The names that keep mem­o­ries alive, in Bri­tain and all over the world. The names of or­di­nary peo­ple who did ex­tra­or­di­nary things and made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice for our free­dom.

Th­ese peo­ple who gave so much. Th­ese peo­ple who had our names.

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