This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday. The day on which people particularly focus on the deeds of the brave men and women who were willing to lay down their lives to defend their country during the First and Second World Wars and in recent military conflicts.
It is when churches up and down the land focus on the huge sacrifices that were made by people, so that we could enjoy the freedoms that we have today. This year is a particularly poignant one, in that it is the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
In Britain as we have now got nobody left living who personally fought in that War and who can tell their personal stories, it is vitally important that their legacy is never forgotten.
This year there was a special display at the Tower of London where 888,246 ceramic poppies were placed around the famous moat – each one of them representing a British military fatality of the First World War.
The reality is that wars always cost lives. Thus there is a huge price to pay whenever a country decides to go to war. Each death in war does not only mean that an individual’s life and potential ends abruptly, but it also means that the lives of those who knew and loved that person are hugely affected as well. Looking at the thousands of these ceramic poppies is very moving and it really brings home just how many individual lives were ended prematurely as result of that War.
If the War had not happened, where would life have taken each of these people? Nobody can say. But what we can say is that we owe each and every one of them a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid.