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11TH HOUR OF THE 11TH DAY OF THE 11TH MONTH

WE WILL BE OBSERVING THE 2 MINUTE SILENCE TODAY AND I'VE JUST REALISED THAT IT WILL NOT ONLY BE THE 11TH HOUR OF THE 11TH DAY OF THE 11TH MONTH BUT IT WILL OF COURSE BE THE 11TH YEAR OF THE 21ST CENTURY.
 
AT THIS TIME MY THOUGHTS ALWAYS TURN TO MY LATE GRANDFATHER "GRAMPS"
AND
MY LATE DAD
I LOVED THEM BOTH VERY MUCH.
 
GRAMPS LIED ABOUT HIS AGE TO SIGN UP WHEN HE WAS JUST 16 AND WENT OFF TO WAR IN 1914. HE SURVIVED BUT WAS LEFT WITH THE SCARS BOTH PHYSICAL AND MENTAL OF THAT TERRIBLE FIRST WORLD WAR. HE THEN WENT OFF TO THE 2ND WORLD WAR AS PART OF THE B.E.F DESPITE HIS WAR WOUNDS
 
FAR FROM GLORYFYING WAR HE WAS ALWAYS QUIET ABOUT WHAT WENT ON IN THE TRENCHES.
 
I REMEMBER ASKING HIM TO TELL ME ABOUT THE WAR WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL. HE DID NOT LIKE TALKING ABOUT IT. BUT ONE STORY HE DID TELL ME WAS THAT HE HAD SHOT A SNIPER OUT OF A TREE BECAUSE THE SNIPER HAD KILLED A COUPLE OF HIS MATES. WHEN HE WENT TO THE GERMAN'S BODY HE SAW THAT HE WAS A YOUNG LAD JUST LIKE HIMSELF.
GRAMPS TOLD ME THAT HE REALISED AT THAT POINT THAT ALL SOLDIERS WERE SOME MOTHER'S SON.
 
THERE CAN BE NO DOUBT THAT GRAMPS WITNESSED UNBELIEVABLE ATROCITIES HOW HE WAS AS NORMAL AS HE WAS I CAN NOT UNDERSTAND. HE WAS HOWEVER AN AGNOSTIC/ATHIEST (WHICH USED TO UPSET MY NAN) AS HE USED TO SAY THAT THERE COULD NOT BE A GOD AS NO GOD WOULD ALLOW THE SUFFERING THAT HE HAD SEEN
 
MY DAD ALSO SURVIVED THE 2ND WORLD WAR HE TOO DID NOT GLORIFY WAR THOUGH HE HAD RECIEVED MEDALS FOR HIS BRAVERY. HE WAS A GENTLE MAN WHO WAS SLOW TO ANGER DESPITE MY TEENAGE RANTS!
 
PERHAPS WE SHOULD ALL REMEMBER THE ADVICE:-
 
 "BETTER JAW JAW THAN WAR WAR"
 
IT'S A DIIFICULT ONE WHEN SUCH EVIL EXISTED SUCH AS HITLER
 
OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH ALL THOSE FAMILIES WHO HAVE LOST BRAVE YOUNG MEN TO THE PERILS OF WAR IN THE FIGHT FOR PEACE
GOD BLESS THEM ALL AND HELP THEM TO COPE WITH THIER LOSS
 
 

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