Sunday, November 09, 2008

Remembrance Sunday.

Today the people of the United Kingdom mark Remembrance Sunday, a commemoration of British war dead which began in the wake of the First World War. You can read more about (and watch some video footage from) the Remembrance Sunday ceremony held annually at the Cenotaph in London here, here and here. Another ceremony will be held at the Cenotaph on Tuesday on the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War, with all three of Britain's surviving World War I veterans in attendance. Only one of the three - 110-year-old Harry Patch - actually saw combat; Mr. Patch may be seen in the last of the three photos above at a local Remembrance Day ceremony near his Somerset home. Speaking to a BBC reporter today, Mr. Patch described the attention that he now receives as 'the last Tommy' as "fuss about nothing" and recalled friends who died in battle. Such humility is admirable in one who bears the tremendous symbolic burden of being his country's last living link to an important national experience.

On this Remembrance Sunday, I pray for all who have given their lives in military service and for all victims of war. May the living continue to learn from them, and may their memory be eternal. AMDG.


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