13/11/2016

Remembrance Sunday

Today was Remembrance Sunday.  I know that services and commemorations took place across Dundee today.  I was at St Joseph's Church in Wilkie's Lane.  St Joseph's has a fine First World War memorial outside the church.  It is easy to walk past the memorial and for it to fade into the background in some respects, but today standing facing the memorial and looking at the list of names was humbling.  The memorial has 234 names on it.  These are all people who lived in the streets and lanes of the West End.  News of their deaths brought sadness to many households across the West End.  Thinking about this brings home the impact of the War here in Dundee.

I was honoured to be asked to read the famous verse from the Ode of Remembrance by Laurence Binyon:

'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.'

It is important to remember those who have died in conflict over the years and to redouble efforts to say 'Never again.'

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