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In Memory Of The Fallen

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To all those who have died, and continue to do so, to keep us safe from tyranny and oppression…

I Do Not Know Your Name

I do not know your name, but I know you died
I do not know from where you came, but I know you died

Your uniform, branch of service, it matters not to me
Whether Volunteer or Conscript, or how it came to be
That politicians’ failures, or some power-mad ambition
Brought you too soon to your death, in the name of any nation

You saw, you felt, you knew full well, as friend and foe were taken
By bloody death, that your life too, was forfeit and forsaken
Yet on you went and fought and died, in your close and private hell
For Mate or Pal or Regiment and memories never to tell

It was for each other, through shot and shell, the madness you endured
Side by side, through wound and pain, and comradeship assured
No family ties, or bloodline link, could match that bond of friend
Who shared the horror and kept on going, at last until the end

We cannot know, we were not there, it’s beyond our comprehension
To know the toll that battle brings, of resolute intention
To carry on, day by day, for all you loved and hoped for
To live in peace a happy life, away from bloody war

For far too many, no long life ahead, free of struggle and pain and the gun
And we must remember the price that was paid, by each and every one
Regardless of views, opinions aside, no matter how each of us sees it
They were there and I cannot forget, even though I did not live it

I do not know your name, but I know you died
I do not know from where you came, but I know you died.

– Kenny Martin

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28th May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1908 Ian Fleming (author of James Bond)

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Died:

1984 Eric Morecambe (British comedian, Morecambe and Wise)

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On This Day:

1961 Amnesty International in founded

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Have a terrific Thursday, 29th May!

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9th May – Today In History

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Born:

1949 Billy Joel (musician)

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Died:

1966 Alfred Mendelsohn (composer)

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On This Day:

1945 Czechoslovakia freed after Nazi occupation

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Have a good Saturday, 9th May!

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VE Day

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Today is the day where we celebrate the official ending of the Second World War. It was on this day, 1945, that the Germans signed the official, unconditional surrender.

Have we learnt anything? Not so long before the outbreak of WW2, we had concluded WW1 – costing the lives of millions on both sides.

“The War To End All Wars”, they said.

But it didn’t work out that way, did it?

And as humanity, it seems that we are unable to break away from the habit of war – one that is almost as old as mankind.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could learn to live in harmony with each other, tolerating differences? But so long as there is greed and the desire for power in our hearts, there will never be an end to all wars.

Let’s take today, though, to remember the ultimate sacrifice that so many made in the name of freedom, ridding Europe and the world of tyranny – at least for a little while.

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Attack in Texas

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I’ll start by saying that I am fully in support of free speech. Everyone, as far as I am concerned, has the right to have an opinion, and express that opinion. But with free speech comes responsibility, and it is all too easy for some to use this right to deliberately hurt others.

Having said that, I also believe that being offended is most certainly not an excuse to shoot someone! I loath what is going on in the world at the moment – thugs and criminals masquerading as holy men and using their own warped translations of religion to slaughter the innocent. Taking advantage of the faith of young men and women and turning these into unthinking killers. Sent to murder not only innocent people in the Middle East, but also in the countries of the West.

What I don’t understand is why the organisers of the cartoon of Muhammad event in Texas ever thought that this was appropriate. Have these people now openly declared war on Islam in their state? Was this event set up deliberately to incite an attack?

I don’t know the answers. But the way I see it is that there are a lot of peace loving Muslims who also loath the acts of fundamentalists pretending to represent them. Organising an event like this, surely with the full knowledge of how offensive to Muslims this is, is pretty irresponsible. Religious tolerance implies respect.

Let’s work to eliminate the extremists and killers, folks. Not drive wedges through society.

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5th May – Today In History

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Born:

1818 Karl Marx (philosopher and author if The Communist Manifesto & Das Kapital)

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Died:

Napoleon Bonaparte (Emperor of France, dies on St Helena in exile)

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On This Day:

1944 Ghandi is released from prison

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Have a good Tuesday, 5th May!

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3rd May – Today In History

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Born:

1903 Bing Crosby (actor and singer)

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Died:

1994 Richard Scarry (author and illustrator of children’s books)

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On This Day:

1963 “I have a dream” speech delivered by Martin Luther King

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Have a good Sunday, 3rd May

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