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What Remembrance means to me... 

By the High Sheriff of Leicestershire, Mrs Diana Thompson

To me, Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, became more poignant when I read my grandmother-in-law's diaries, after she died.
Her entry on Tuesday, 15th August, 1916 was: “J goes into action with his Battalion at any moment now”.
She had given birth to a baby girl one month before. The entry on Wednesday, 23rd August, reads: “D came 11am to tell me my man was killed in action on August 18th." She later received a pencil written letter from “the field” from his Corporal saying he had marked the spot where he had fallen with a rifle and sent her the grid reference. He died never knowing he had become the father of a little girl.
He was a young man who had just gone to the Bar to become a Patent lawyer before the war broke out, his future all before him. He had married, his wife was expecting a baby and they had a future together until the war broke out.
My family is no different from so many others that suffered the appalling loss of family members that fought and died for their country. I only have to look at our village War Memorial and see that one poor mother lost every one of her sons in the conflict. A war that virtually wiped out a whole generation of young men. Everyone was a son, maybe a brother or friend.
My father served in Burma during the Second World War and the scars were with him forever. He never talked about it, and he went quite pale whenever he saw a Japanese tourist. How lucky though we were that he came back to us, and I, unlike my mother-in-law, was able to have a father until I was aged 50.
My son-in-law served in Afghanistan and Iraq. How lucky we are to have him in one piece as a member of our family.
The poppy I am wearing now reminds me, and all of us, how many fell on Flanders Field – the horrendous loss of life, and the futility of war. Sunday is a day for the Nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to protect and secure our freedom.
From a personal point of view, as I lay my wreath, I thank them all for their final sacrifice, and I pray that we NEVER forget the appalling loss of life. I thank and honour those in my family who have fought, and pray that politicians and leaders will never let this happen again.

*Find out what Remembrance means to President of Melton Royal British Legion branch, Peter Roffey, OBE DL, by clicking here.

*Find out what Remembrance means to Mayor of the Borough of Melton 2018/19, Councillor Mrs Pru Chandler, by clicking here.

*Find out what Remembrance means to  Commanding Officer of the Defence Animal Training Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Martyn Thompson, MBE by clicking here.

 

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