During this week of Remembrance we have seen services, events and commemorations all over the country and from these untold stories of kindness. The poppy sellers were all volunteers, people gave up their time to take people to events, first aiders volunteered to staff these ceremonies to name but a few. A photo of all the taxi drivers waiting in a queue on Waterloo Bridge to ferry the veterans to the Cenotaph and back again for free I thought was particularly impressive.
What also struck me was that during the ceremony on Remembrance Sunday there were people of so many different ethnicities, the majority of religions, every political party, people from different backgrounds, different areas, different countries, different ages, different social status’s and yet everyone was there for a common purpose to remember the glorious dead and also to learn from the horror of war. If people can all stand at the Cenotaph with this unity then why can’t some of the horrors we see on an almost daily basis benefit from this spirit of unity. Surely all the tales of good deeds must outweigh the bad news stories but yet again it is the stabbings, unrest in the world that seem to make the headlines. If these positive deeds and actions do get mentioned enough then we can all hope that maybe we have learnt something and that the world can unite and the actions of all the war heroes over the decades can continue to unite and bring people together. It is after all the least we can do.
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