“It takes courage to remember, really remember, difficult and painful things. In remembering we are sometimes making the pain of the past present again in this moment; but if we do really remember then we live differently.”
Beautifully articulated article & an important one!
Today is a day of remembering: the clue is in the name: REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY. As many of you will know, the day remembers what happened at 11am on 11th November in 1918. An armistice (peace agreement) was signed between the Allies in the War, and Germany, on that morning, between 5.12am and 5.20am which agreed the end of fighting by 11am that day, and thus the day became known as Armistice Day. This marked the end of fighting on the western front – but WWI was not in fact over until 28 June the following year with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.
After WWII, most Commonwealth, former Empire nations, adopted the name “Remembrance Day” to honour victims of other conflicts since WWI.
The silence we keep at 11am covers two important minutes: the first minute to honour the 20 million people who died in the war, and…
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