Armistice Day in Cornwall.
Armistice Day yesterday was special as, in short, it was the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. Many special events took place in addition to the annual commemorations on this sunny Sunday. Thanks to visionary Danny Boyle we saw no less than 4 faces on Cornish beaches slowly being washed away. The link will take you to CornwallLive report on the faces 11th of the 11th of 2018. These faces had not been seen in public for 100+ years.
As I got out of bed this Sunday morning and opened the curtains I saw the sun shining over Mount’s Bay. It looked glorious.
Armistice Day in Newlyn.
Certainly most of the gathered people wore the traditional red poppy. However, some wore a purple poppy for the animals lost in wars. We assembled in front of the former Fishermen’s Mission in Newlyn where the War Memorial proudly stands to pay gratitude. This annual event stirs deep emotions for many as they have fought in wars. Others have lost someone serving in the forces in a war. It is an altogether humbling experience.
‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.’ This is only one of 7 verses of Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For the Fallen’. It strikes me to not have had the desired effect and been THE WAR TO END ALL WARS.
White poppies are becoming ever more popular signifying pacifism. Maybe one day … my eyes were drawn to the weather vane on the Mission.
It gleamed beautifully and looked like it may sail away anytime. I watched two swallows fly away and my mind went to current conflicts where suffering and death still rules.
Beacons were lit around the UK to celebrate the day the guns fell silent. I am grateful and give thanks to the generation that sacrificed their lives so I can live in a democracy.
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