Lest We Forget

FAID SHAHABUDDEEN

REMEMBRANCE DAY

It is so sad to remember every year

How many members of our Armed Forces

Lost their lives fighting their enemies

On land, sea and in air

During the First and Second World Wars

Their undaunted courage and tenacity

As they fought their enemies

And the ultimate sacrifices they made

Will be remembered every year

On Remembrance Day

With red poppies worn by many

And despite the pain and suffering

Our men and women endured

They never lost hope of victory

And returning home in glory

To see their loved ones again

Yet despite their courage and tenacity

And their enormous perseverance

In fighting their enemies

Thousands never returned home

To see their loved ones again

What could be more honorable than that?

What could be more patriotic than that?

What could be more heroic than that?

What could be more selfless than that?

Yet their lives were not lost in vain

Because of the freedom we enjoy today

And because of their ultimate sacrifices

And the throes and trauma they endured

In totally selfless service to our country

We will always remember and honour them…

At the ceremony of the National War Memorial

With speeches and wreath laying

And a reverberating fly-past

And Two Minutes of solemn Silence

Near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

And the most elegant and ornate arch

With deepest gratitude and admiration

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