Thought of the Week: Familiar words at Remembrance time

Remembrance Sunday wreath laying
Remembrance Sunday wreath laying

On Sunday and again next Tuesday we will hear these familiar words:

“They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old:

age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.”

These words are often known as the “Ode of Remembrance” and were taken from a poem written by Laurence Binyon. The poem was called “For the Fallen” and was composed in 1914 at the beginning of the First World War. At that time little did they know of what was to come.

This is a season of remembering and those familiar words will lead us into a time of silence when we remember those who have given their lives in war. Perhaps they will also remind you of those who fought in the many conflicts since 1914 and who are no longer with us. Wherever you are on Sunday at 11am and again on Tuesday at the same time I urge you to take a moment to remember and to give thanks for all those who put service above self. Wear your poppy with pride.