Sunday, 11 November 2012

We Will Remember Them

Today is the time to remember all those who have given their lives for peace and freedom. A day to pause to reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave service men and women with services and laying of wreaths at the foot of memorials erected in villages, towns and cities across our nation.

Behind the names on memorials are stories of heroism and courage that is left unsaid by the cold pragmatism of a simple name engraved.

However away from town squares, war memorials can be found in the most unlikely of places. Shown above is one such memorial in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, which is tucked away on an anonymous housing estate - well away from the busy town centre - that I pass every day on the way to work. A tale of self sacrifice and courage that is one of many which we should remember today.

The inscription speaks for itself (click to enlarge):

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