When the Ironbath was a small lad Remembrance Sunday was all about the Great War and World War II. Lines of old men stood wearing Berets, medals and clutching flags. It was dignified and solemn but not a tear was shed. It was about remembering the fallen. The old men stood remembering the stories that they had never told. The Ironbath wore a plastic poppy but didn’t really understand why.
Today those old men are no longer with us and Remembrance Sunday is about the young men and women who were killed last week, last month and last year fighting for whatever it is that we believe in. The pain is acute and the tears flow freely. The grief is tangible as everyone remembers someone who has died, or at least knows of someone who made it through their tour by the grace of god.
It hardly seems sufficient to remember our servicemen and women on just one day each year. Suddenly wearing a poppy seems a rather pathetic action. They deserve to be remembered through every moment of every day. We must remember them…. We will remember them.
The Ironbath has made a remembrance video dedicated to the men and women of every country who have died in wars from the Crimean, the Great War, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Northern Ireland, the Falklands, the Gulf War, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Libyan campaign. It is set to Mark Knopfler’s ‘Remembrance Day’ from the album ‘Lucky Now’.
Please watch it, and please pass it on. It seems to make more sense to the Ironbath than wearing a poppy today.