One hundred years

It is chastening to think that there is no-one living who fought in the 'Great War'.  There may be a few still with us who were alive when war broke out, but there are none left who served. 

It's left for us, their descendants, to remember.  So we remember those who served, and those they left behind to struggle on without them - parents, partners, children.

It was supposed to be the war to end all wars.  Sadly, with the passing of time we have learnt that it wasn't the end of all war.  But in remembering the loss, the sacrifice made by so many people, the horrors they experienced, we are reminded of how much we wish it was so.

These, our forebears, suffered and endured so that a better world might rise from the spilling of their blood.  But wars have come and gone many times in these last 100 years.  Thus far we have failed to make that better world, a world free from strife, a reality.  

But this weekend our Act of Remembrance calls us back to that noble aspiration.  We remember the sacrifice of our forebears, but also the better world they hoped for - the more just and peaceful world we are called to build on their behalf, and pass on to those who follow after us.