On this day in 1918 the hostilities of the ‘war to end all wars’ finally came to an end, but in reality this was only the beginning.
In the grounds of the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, there stands an Armed Forces Memorial dedicated to those who have lost their lives in conflict since the end of World War II. It records over 16,000 names of people who have sacrificed their lives for our country, but it is still only work in progress. Each year the memorial is updated with the names of those killed. This year it was updated on 1st September, but already there is a long list of names waiting to be added to the hundreds of metres of stone. What we mustn’t forget is that these are not just names, but people. Husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, daughters and sons, who all died in the line of duty.
Their memory must live on. Not just today, on Armistice Day, but always.
Today, Tomorrow, Forever – We Will Remember Them.