Lest we forget…

Good morning to you and hope that your day is treating you with kindness and understanding. It is also the first day of the weekend which means you are most likely busy doing all the activities you could have been doing instead of working or studying, if your week allowed you more freedom. I have had a late start to my day and got some real sleep last night/today, which for me is always a good thing.

Today is Remembrance Day, so for a person who has had family service in both World Wars plus several of the others over time, it has always been a tradition that has been observed.  I have always felt that the fact that I can live my life as I want is the thanks that these young men and women would have wanted. I think that it was the idea of having a right to choose how you live, that had these people battling on those horrid battlefields all over the world. 

I wonder what they would think if you could bring them back now and say to them…”this is what you died for”? I look at the First World nations and I see a handful of privileged white elitists holding the wealth, with about 50 percent of their fellow countrymen living on or below the poverty line. I see jobseekers, who already live below the poverty line, having benefits being cut and what little dignity they still have been strip away, I see our Armed Services being treated as a necessary evil and problematic expense. The basic rights that every person should have access to, that is, a roof over your head, food in your tummy, access to an education, and knowing that your elected government is acting in your best interest, just does not exist in the 21st century. 

I find it so heartbreaking, and dishearting that the people who hold the positions in parliament would very unlikely ever serve in any battle, but would not hesitate to send to war the very people that they are not looking after currently. That our elected representatives will go out today to the memorials to ‘pay homage’ to our fallen, with plenty of media coverage, so they can explain how they are working in the best interest of the nation, without having any real concept of who these ‘fallen’ were. I wonder if they have any real understanding of the freedoms our young paid the ultimate price for. I feel I can certainly state that the answer would be NO!

The ideals of what these young men and women lay down their lives for has been taken from us little by little, and all the while our elected representatives and the wealth brokers telling us it is in our best interest. So today I remember the brave and noble young men and women and the ultimate sacrifice they paid. I am grateful that I can sit at my computer and state that the wealthy and powerful in the world have used these freedoms for their own evil purposes, and because of that sacrifice it is a right. I will continue to battle on, ensuring that what they lay down their life for – mine and your free will and freedom – can survive.

Lest we forget…

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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.

 

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