And what of them…?

“A Day to Myself” by Clifford T Ward: I post this song every Remembrance Day – I love it as a song, but it is appropriate for this time as well.

It’s a beautiful, poignant song, but it’s important to me because it brings to mind the fact that, more and more, the fact that we do forget – or just not realise – what the young men and women who have died in conflicts to serve their country gave up.

And what of them, …Who died so far from home, No last farewell kiss…

We don’t really think of the individual: we are concerned with our busy lives, and even at this time, we scarecely pause to think of what was given up for us. Somebody posted this on Facebook:

A reminder to pause, to reflect, to remember… I’ll be joining the village memorial tomorrow at the War Memorial, here in France – because the young French men and women remembered thereon also fought bravely for our freedom. I’ll be wearing my poppy (slightly battered as the cats found it!) and giving thanks that there are those who gave up their lives to stop xenophobia, hate, fascism and injustice from taking over. I will also be grieving that these evils are once more becoming stronger in our world, and praying that it will not take another world war to stem the tide. What can I do? What is my battle to be fought?

DAY TO MYSELF
Clifford T Ward
 It’s all so different now
From just a few weeks ago
When April was about to smile on England
And I had to go

So here I am again
Far from where the blackbird sings
And lanes I love to walk along
Lost in my thoughts

And what of you my love
Though you’re so far away
Yet so close to me in all I do and see

And so on my day off
I could have chosen monuments
Historic chateaux, palaces
Or finding ways of improving my French

Instead I wandered out alone
Here where woods and fields abound
And in a quiet corner found the resting place
Of English soldiers killed in war

And what of them my love

Who died so far from home
No last farewell kiss
All that remains is this

It makes me so ashamed to feel alone
Whatever would they think of me
For I shall see my love again

It’s all so different now
From those few years ago
When April smiled so sweetly still
And they had to go

4 thoughts on “And what of them…?

  1. Very emotional day in this house. Have always felt the need to remember since I was little and learned remembrance from my parents and grandparents. My grandmother talked about nursing through WW2 but Gramps didn’t even though he was rescued from the beach at Dunkirk.

    I have talked to KT about it. We have been to services and watched the senotaph services since she was small.

    She has been a flag escort for Brownies on Remembrance Day service and march through town.

    Sadly remembrance is being lost and it’s because the children growing up now are not taught it. 😦

    We are proud to wear our poppies for my Grandprents and also for friends who fought in the gulf, the Falklands and served in NI.

  2. This song is beautiful. So important to remember especially in the times we are living where the far-right seem to be rising. I do not like this country right now and it does need a praying people to change that.

    I wear my Poppy and think of those who died.

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