Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Time to Remember

A C.W.G.C. 'Cross of Sacrifice'
[Whitehaven Cemetery, Cumberland]

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 Summer 2014: a time of Remembrance
 
At the beginning of August 2014 the world marked the centenary of the outbreak of the 1914 - 1918 war. This was the beginning of the so-called 'Great War', later known as the First World War. A few weeks later, at the beginning of September 2014, it was the 75th anniversary of outbreak of the 1939 - 1945 war. This was the Second World War. 

During both World Wars millions were killed from all the nations involved in these conflicts, each one of them an individual. The late summer of 2014 was a time to remember. 

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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

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There are many war poets and writers of the First and Second World Wars who people read and speak aloud to remember a time of war and the consequences of war. One of the best known writers in the English language is Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936). Below are two extracts from his writings during WW1.

(1) An extract from "For all we have and are" (1914):

"No easy hope or lies
Shall bring us to our goal,
But iron sacrifice
Of body, will, and soul.
There is but one task for all—
One life for each to give.
What stands if Freedom fall?
Who dies if England live?"
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(2) This is one of Kipling's 'Epitaphs of War' (written after the death of his only son, John Kipling at the Battle of Loos, September 1915):

COMMON FORM
"If any question why we died,
Tell them, because our fathers lied."
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Lest We Forget.
"Their Name Liveth For Evermore"
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