FOR A SOLDIER

No one should go where a soldier must go

And know what a soldier must know.

No one should see what a soldier must see

And live with the memory.

And so with the arrival of November,

It should be that we too must remember.

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◄ DO NOT...

13/4/18 - before "The Big Push" ►

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keith jeffries

Wed 31st Oct 2018 22:02

MC.,

An apology. Job Seekers get more per week than ex servicemen do in their pensions. Perhaps I should have stayed at home.

Still a good poem

Thanks
Keith

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M.C. Newberry

Wed 31st Oct 2018 21:59

Tom, Keith and TC - thanks for your comments.
My own family has a military history: a great-grandfather
who survived a Royal Artillery career in Victoria's army;
a father and his first cousin (the latter killed by enemy action); a maternal uncle (killed by enemy action), and a
brother who still lives. It is to the nation's credit that we
do not forget - and Keith, I agree 100% with your comment
about being paid a proper pension that recognises the
service and sacrifice demanded of our armed forces.

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Tom Doolan

Wed 31st Oct 2018 21:11

Well said M.C. - A very poignant reflection. My son is a serving soldier - 10 years service. Leaving in 6 months - Still in one piece - Give thanks. Never forget those that have fallen. T 😊

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keith jeffries

Wed 31st Oct 2018 17:38

MC.,

Thank you for this poem. Instead of countless and endless remembrance services would it not be more befitting of a grateful nation to pay our ex serviceman a decent military pension to show real gratitude? I served in the Army for ten years and was awarded the DSM. I receive a pension little more than a Job Seekers Allowance.

Thank you

Keith

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Taylor Crowshaw

Wed 31st Oct 2018 17:34

Nothing to say just so sad so many young men lost..😳

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M.C. Newberry

Wed 31st Oct 2018 15:35

Thanks Brian and WM. The collective remembrance is
important even as the individual connection, personal or
"relatively" speaking, should and must be a matter for those more immediately concerned.

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Wolfgar Miere

Wed 31st Oct 2018 15:18

I cannot imagine why anyone might criticise anothers wish to pay respects. (apart from those with political aspirations seeking favour, or in pursuit of forgiveness or even sanction) I can imagine why others may not wish to do so in some specific way, or alongside those who they despise and distrust beyond words.

I say this so as not to be misunderstood, because it seems quite likely that I have been, as in the past I have expressed my personal reservations regarding organised remembrance.

I fully support the Poppy Appeal and its values, you just won't find me partaking officially at a Cenotaph on the 11th.

You might find me on any other day of the year, and on multiple occasions, now that is remembrance, un-organised, unseen and true. I cannot recall how many times I have done that, or how many times my vivid memories revisit me and encourage my return.

Should anyone wish to discuss further please feel free, I got some stories to tell and will not be lectured by the ignorant regarding mine and the service of others, and how we might remember.

My apologies to you Mark. Fine sentiment indeed.

David.

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Brian Maryon

Wed 31st Oct 2018 15:13

Nice simple sentiment MC.

Every year I am at Worcester Cathedral cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. I don't have any direct connections to the armed forces but it's my way of paying homage...to the unknown soldier if you like.

Some on WOL have been critical of those who do this. I can't think why. Would they rather that we just forget it?

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