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Remembrance Sunday in Grimsby 2012 ~ Photographs from the Cenotaph

Remembrance Sunday in Grimsby 2012
Words and images following my annual trip to the War Memorial in Grimsby on ‘Poppy Day’ and a chance encounter which changed the day.
3 Photographs and 3 Generations . . .

Once more the roads were closed in and around Nuns Corner, the weather somehow even played its part by being suitably cold and suitably bright.
This Sunday morning I stood with many others, both young and old, whilst the blinding sun shone from behind the cenotaph . . . it’s always very moving.


Remembrance Sunday in Grimsby

Remembrance Sunday in Grimsby

Remembrance Sunday is most readily associated with World War I and World War II - Lest We Forget - and I never feel less insignificant than on days like this when I’m in the presence of so many ‘Old Soldiers’ and ‘Veterans’
Something happened today though which diverted my thoughts.

A gentleman recognized me from this website and introduced both himself and his wife to me, regular readers will know this happens rather a lot but seldom with this impact.
“You took the photograph of my son last year” he said
I recalled it well, a tremendous young man and I think my favourite photograph I took that year, it can be Seen Here

That young man has just started another tour in Afghanistan, on his first tour he was shot in the head, on his second injured when the vehicle he was in was blown up and now he’s back again one week after the birth of his second child - if that’s not enough to make you think then I don’t know what is !


A time to reflect

A time to Reflect

Looking around I saw more young servicemen than old !
Traditionally, I would see men twice my age, I was now surrounded by men half my age !
It very much concentrates the mind.

I took this photograph deliberately into the sun as I wanted a ‘heat haze’ around this young man . . . it somehow seemed appropriate . . .


a young British serviceman at the Grimsby war memorial

No Title - A Picture Paints . . .

It was gratifying to see so many people once again showing their respects.
It was incredibly moving to see a little boy bravely called upon to lay a wreath in honour of his father.
It was a day for reflection.
It was a day for being thankful, being grateful for what others have done and what our service personnel are doing now quite literally as I type this in what still remains somewhere in . . .
a far off foreign field.

I leave you with my personal thoughts, they are for a young man whose proud parents I met today, who I found lives near me, O.C. is in Afghanistan now, his wife and young children are at home - his safe return is all that matters . . .

Very humbly yours,
Rod

16 Comments

  1. v said,

    November 11, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

    I organise the Remebrance at church each year. This year was busier than ever; which is a good thing !

    Re Afghanistan

    Mrs Favell Lee Mortimer’s far off ‘’Asia and Australia Described 1852′’

    ‘’Much British blood has been shed in the valleys of Affghanistan. We cannot blame the Affghans for defending their own country. It was natural for them to ask, ‘’What right has Britain to interfere with us ?'’

    A British army was once sent to Affghanistan to force the people to have a king they did not like instead of one they did like .'’

    160 years later, we have nt come very far have we?

  2. Little Brother said,

    November 11, 2012 @ 8:51 pm

    Rod,
    Well done mate..

  3. Femme Fatale said,

    November 11, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

    Rod,

    Fabulous.

    FF
    xx

  4. Rod said,

    November 11, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

    V,
    that’s wonderful, what a great thing to do!
    If history teaches us anything it teaches us we never learn from history . . .
    Best
    Rod

  5. Rod said,

    November 11, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

    LB,
    thank you, it was a moving day
    Best,
    Rod

  6. Rod said,

    November 11, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

    FF,
    thank you - pleased you approve.
    Regards,
    Rod

  7. History Hunter said,

    November 11, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

    A day of pride, undoubtedly.

    One the other side of the fence, while walking round Scartho Cemetery today, of 568 (inc. Germans and Polish) war graves and another 278 men mentioned on headstones who never returned, there was only 18 poppies or wreaths on individual graves. 14 for WW2 and 4 WW1 graves. Quite saddening really considering a large majority of all the casualties buried or named in Scartho Road Cemetery were from Grimsby and Cleethorpes and had families locally. If I could have afforded to have got a little wooden cross for each and every one of them I would have done, just to show that someone cares enough to remember them.

  8. Rod said,

    November 12, 2012 @ 7:19 am

    HH,
    it was indeed a day of pride.
    I’m surprised by Scartho Road Cemetery . . .
    Best
    Rod

  9. Jordan said,

    November 12, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    Rod
    Brilliant
    Jordan

  10. Rod said,

    November 12, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    Jordan,
    thank you, much appreciated, as always.
    Regards,
    Rod

  11. v said,

    November 12, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

    Rod ( an aside )

    ( I wore my new mustard cloche and coat to the Remembrance at church yesterday and guess what Rod…

    People liked it and the look. Many came upto me and commented on how I d brought a smile like a ray of sunshine looking so lovely. One lady whose uncle was killed aged 18 on his first flight over France in 1918 said she thinks people should start wearing hats again. )

  12. Sambo said,

    November 12, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

    Mr. Rod,

    We also observe Veterans Day on November 11 for obvious reasons. I flew my Flag at half mast Sunday to honor those that gave their lives to protect our freedom. I am the third generation that served in the military from my family. My Grandfather was gassed at Belleau Wood in WW1 and lived the rest of his life with one lung. My Father served on a Destroyer in the Pacific during WW2. His brothers served in the Army, Navy, and a brother in law was a B-17 pilot in the 8th Air Force. I served in the Army shortly before Vietnam came along. My brother also served in the Army a little later. I am proud of those that served both in my country and yours. Without them we would be speaking german today.

    Sambo

  13. Rod said,

    November 12, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

    Sambo,
    what a heritage!
    The debt we owe to all those such as you and your family must never be forgotten, I’m pleased we still make sure it happens today though I wish the young people there attended out of respect rather than experience.

    I’m also a regular reminder of people just who has served alongside us in many wars, that is something me must never forget either!
    Regards,
    Rod

  14. v said,

    November 12, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

    Sambo and Rod,

    That is amazing . You have every reason to be proud and I am humbled that you flew your flag at half mast. I wish others would follow your example.

    My grandfather was in WW1 and father was in WW2. I like to think that if we keep these memories alive, we will have no more wars like those.

    V

  15. Steve-Welwyn Garden City said,

    November 14, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    Great stuff Rod, my Brother and l went into London for the first annual service at the Bomber Command Memorial (our Uncle was lost from RAF Waltham) and also to Whitehall for the main parade. Always watched it on TV before so it was nice to go and experience first hand.

  16. Rod said,

    November 14, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

    Steve,
    that must have been tremendous Steve, very moving indeed.
    Kind regards,
    Rod

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