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Until very recently, the War Memorials in Neath, South Wales, officially commemorated only those who died in the two World Wars. Then, in 2008 a group of us who attended the Remembrance parades at the Memorial Gates each year decided it was time those members of our Armed Forces who had given their lives since 1945 should also have a memorial. This view was reinforced when we learned that, other than 1963, not a year had passed without at least on of our Servicemen being killed in the line of duty —peacekeeping comes at a price!
This required money and my role was to organise a fund-raising concert performed by our local Silver Band and six Male Choirs. Although a concert, each of the choirs made it clear they also saw it as an act of remembrance and it was agreed the evening should end with a hymn to be sung by massed choirs and audience.
That raised the question as to which hymn. I couldn't help thinking about that phrase from Ecclesiasticus
"And some there be, which have no memorial; who are perished, as though they
had never been".
Then lines from our Remembrance parades joined in. The first, from Lawrence Binyon's poem "For the Fallen" (1914)
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.
The second from “The Kohima Epitaph", commemorating those Allied troops who
fell in the Burma Campaign.
"When you go home tell them of us and say -
For your tomorrow we gave our today"
From the above you'll see that the final verse of the hymn had just about written itself!
The rest came remarkably quickly. I've always believed that Remembrance should not be limited to the dead—important though that is. Neither should it be a vehicle for glorifying war. If we loved one another as commanded war would be just history. We don't but that shouldn't stop us asking for help to do so.
At the time, there were young men and women from our town serving in Afghanistan who deserved better than to be forgotten—hence the second verse.
The third verse is a statement of my strong belief that the living victims of conflict need and deserve our support and should not be forgotten.
I used "Finlandia" as the musical framework as it is one of the most moving pieces I know.
The choirs accepted the piece and it was used as the final item in the “Six Choirs and a Silver Band” concert on 28th March 2009.
The new memorial was dedicated on 13th June 2009
That, In a nutshell, was the genesis of "Remembrance".
The copyright for this work remains with me, However, I have decided that, if used in an act of Remembrance or in aid of Service charities, copyright is waived.
And finally, our final prompt – at least until next year! Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem about something that happens again and again (kind of like NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo). It could be the setting of the sun, or your Aunt Georgia telling the same story at Thanksgiving every single year. It could be the swallows returning to Capistrano or how, without fail, you will lock your keys in the car whenever you go to the beach.