It’s Remembrance Day.
From a very young age, I would talk to the children about the WW1 and WW2. I bought age appropriate and educational books about these important wars that showed the cruelty and sadness that the world had seen. Too often I saw how people forgot about the sacrifices of many that helped form the world that we lived in today.
However, there were stories of courage and kindness too. Reading and watching documentaries about how so many castles in England turned into hospitals, about how many high profile people smuggling the persecuted people out of the country….
One example, Highclere Castle was turned into a hospital by the 5th Countess of Carnarvon for the injured soldiers in World War One. Even during Second World War, it was the home of evacuees. You might recognize this castle as the family home in Downton Abbey.
The Diary of Anne Frank made a huge impression in my younger days. I read and read how this young teenager had to face the torture of growing up and the reality of war.
While my Grandmother was alive, she used to tell me the few memories she had as a young child about how life was during the Japanese Invasion…. I have watched many documentaries about the resistance that many Chinese put up during that time.
I have travelled to a few war and war-related memorials in the world, from Vietnam, Korea and America. It’s hard for me to not get emotional each time.
Thank you for the sacrifices of all the brave soldiers who gave up their lives.