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Albert Hall

Following those lovely pictures of a Remembrance, S de B, I have just left the Albert Hall (virtual) full of emotion. My eyes are still wet with tears. All those petals - all those who have died during and following the First World War. My Father was the only officer in his Regiment to survive from beginning to end. All the sad stories. The Mother and Sister of a young man recently killed.
I could go on but it is time for bed and to get ready for our local service tomorrow.
God bless you all.

Posted at 8th Nov 2008 - 10:50PM   Posted by Withy Brook   Albert Hall Comments: 9

Frances's Avatar Beautifully put, Withy. Can any of us now imagine the memories that your father carried, and that many now serving will carry. Let us remember them.

Posted by: Frances on 8th Nov 2008 at 11:29PM

Camilla's Avatar I shall be going to church later this morning Withy for Rememberance, I shall say a prayer in honour of your dear father and all those other brave men in the Wars. I shall take my hankie, know that I will weep.


Posted by: Camilla on 9th Nov 2008 at 12:57AM

TIGGYWINKLE's Avatar I think often of the women who lost their husbands in World War 1, and then saw their sons off to World War 2, some never to return. How did they cope? My thoughts are with all who lost family in the wars and will pray for them to-day. Tiggywinkle x

Posted by: TIGGYWINKLE on 9th Nov 2008 at 01:16AM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar Let us remember too all the women who were involved, my great aunts were out in Occupied France driiving Ambulances in the Great War, very unsuitable thing for young ladies to do at that time! I used to think that very romantic as a child but as an adult I can see how dire it must have been.

We don't have poppies here but this week at school all the children will , as each year , make wreaths from flowers from thier gardens and walk up the the village memorial to lay them. Then they go through the list of names and are reminded who was whose great grandfather etc etc A good lesson in living history and a concrete reminder of the real cost of war.

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 9th Nov 2008 at 04:49AM

Faith's Avatar I will be going to church too, but will try not to cry. My great grandfather came home from WW1 but he had been gassed and was never the same and couldnt work. My great grandmother - who was 19 at the time of her marriage and couldnt read (her marriage cert has a black cross and the words 'her mark') - mustered her strength and opened a shop in her front room.

Posted by: Faith on 9th Nov 2008 at 09:24AM

Salle de Bain's Avatar My great uncle died because he gave up his gas mask for an injured officer ( great-unc was a medic stretcher bearer at the time). I always think of him at this time.

Lovely comments Withy...I went to the Albert Hall too once...that strange muffled sound as the poppies fall....each one representing a person lost......stays with me forever.

Posted by: Salle de Bain on 9th Nov 2008 at 10:48AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Let's also pray that man never loses his way so seriously again.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 9th Nov 2008 at 11:25AM

Well said Withy and WW.

Today is always an emotional one.

Posted by: Crucifix on 9th Nov 2008 at 04:47PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar It IS emotional, hugely so. I always promise myself I won't start welling up when the two minute silence ends - but I always do.

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 9th Nov 2008 at 09:31PM

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