The Bears Remember

Posted by Lord Davidd of Birko OBE DASc on
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As is customary here at Jammy Toast, the bears kept their two minutes silence this morning to remember members of the armed forces who have lost their lives over the years during conflict. As Big Ben struck eleven – for the first time since August because of repair work being undertaken – our bears joined the rest of the nation in remembering the fallen. Events were held around the country to mark the 99th anniversary of the end of World War One. The Queen was not present at the Cenotaph this years but she later joined members of the Royal Family at the Royal Festival of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall.

It has been emphasised more in recent years that Remembrance Sunday – or Armistice Day – is not just about remember fallen soldiers from the two World Wars but those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in all conflicts. It is also for paying tribute to those members of the armed forces currently on active service combating the so-called Islamic State. It is worth remembering that our way of life in this country depends on the service offered by all members of the armed forces.

It is always heart-warming to see the crowds in Whitehall were twenty-odd deep in places as they joined the nation in paying their respects to the fallen. It is even more poignant when you consider many of these people had to start queuing to get through security very early this morning. People were craning their necks to catch a glimpse of the march past.

Whitehall today is a place of shared remembrance.

The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem “In Flanders Fields”. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.

In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

No-one at Whitehall or here at Jammy Toast will ever forget, and observing at least for two minutes every year, is the very least we can do!

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Lord Davidd of Birko OBE DASc

A sad and lonely old man who used to have a life but it has now been taken over by his dedication to the cause of saving Renault Bears, running Jammy Toast and searching eBay, car boot sales, charity shops, lofts and even under beds for his beloved bears. He has even now taken in Flat Eric to save him from homelessness – his life is no longer his own!

15 Comments on “The Bears Remember”

  1. Lay down to nap and I start thinking about things that were wrong with the kitchen in my last house and dropping my camera in the gym at high school. What’s wrong with my head?

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