At this time, in this place, we are called to remember those who have died in times and places of war: Those who willingly fought, those who fought despite their doubts, and those who were forced to fight. Those who were labelled heroes, and those who were labelled cowards. Those who did not fight but who served alongside the soldier, sailor and aircrew – the nurses, the doctors, the chaplains, the clerks. Those who did not fight and yet still died – in homes, in workplaces, in prisons of many kinds. Those whom we called friends, and those whom we called foes. Those known personally to us, and those whose names remain unknown to all but God. At this time, in this place, we are called, in silence, to remember.
© 2009, 2012 Thomas J. Osborne