Some Damn Good Old Fashioned British Pride

10 11 2008

Remembrance Sunday 2008

To quote my very great departed friend and father in law, “Its piddling down”.. (whats new) but thankfully it remained rain free just long enough in Memorial Park Fleetwood for today’s remembrance ceremony which was a very moving event, well organised and very well attended.

Representing Wyre Borough Council and taking part in the annual procession, I was wearing many hat’s, in tribute for the past and with pride for the present. Proud husband & father, community leader and local business man.

We gathered around the cenetaf as the wind howled through the otherwise silent park.

As the last post rang out and with a lump in my throat I remembered that this was an occasion not only to salute all our brave servants from every walk of life who have been lost in wars past and present, but also a time to reflect on personal losses, loved ones passed on who in turn would have stood proudly where I stood remembering their gallant comrades, including horrific moments forced upon them by terrible conflicts.

Looking around the gathering, which represented many parts of my community standing respectfully silent, I was uplifted by the presence of so many young people who had given their time to be with us, some not fully understanding the necessity of the occasion but learning how to give respect to others who had given their lives in the belief that they would help to create freedom and a better world in which to live.

If we do not continually strive for improvement and freedom together the lives of our great servicemen and women will have been lost without reason.