The Sentinel is running a series of articles on war veterans from the first and second World Wars, in the run up to Remembrance Sunday this weekend. The first of these articles highlights the experiences of Veteran Tom Berrisford, of Lightwood, and can be found here.
Anyone who reads Tom's story can't fail to be appalled by the conditions he and others like him experienced. However, as time goes by, these wars become distant memories, not even taught that much in schools any more, and both myself and my better half think it is important that we remember the lessons from the past.
Out of respect, we all have a duty to buy a poppy at this time of year, to remember those great men and women who have lost their lives in the armed forces, not just in the two world wars, but in many other conflicts over the years as well. Whatever any of us think about the rights and wrongs of any war, there are people out there willing to put their lives on the line in defence of this great country of ours. We need to honour and remember them.
I really don't think our young people know enough about the horrors experienced by our war veterans. If they did, they might have a bit more respect. What do you all think? Is there still a place for remembering these wars and atrocities, or should we live in the present and try to forget all that has gone before? Is that right and fair to all those people who gave their lives?
And what about the much needed funds raised from the Poppy Appeal for the British Legion, who help world war veterans and their families, and all the other servicemen and women affected by more recent wars. If we stop remembering, they lose a much needed source of fundraising. I for one aren't happy about that. What do you think?