Like many others I stood on Sunday, in the unusually warm November sun at the War Memorial, while we remembered the many who gave their lives for our freedoms and homeland security.
Remembrance Day is always important but never more so than this year which marks the 100 year anniversary of the start of the 1st World War. So many young men joined up to fight and people hoped and believed it would all be over by Christmas but, sadly, it was good few more Christmases and very many more lives lost and damaged before the end.
In an earlier blog I wrote about one of the ways WSCC has marked the start of the 1st World War with a fascinating book Great War of Britain West Sussex Remembering 1914-18 which gives an insight into the impact of the war in West Sussex from mobilisation and recruitment, the Home Front, and the changing role for women. This war and its aftermath was the start of so many changes for society.
Our Records Office has been very busy this year with many people making enquiries and finding out more about their family histories.
Last week I attended an assembly at Funtington Primary School and it was so good to see how children were learning about this time in history from making their own poppies to creating their own words and music about the First World War. It was touching and inspiring in equal measures.
So, this 100th year has helped so many to connect in many ways to our past, to remember the enormous sacrifices that many people made not only in that war but the many other wars since then.
We live in a democratic society, with great freedoms, where we are able to speak out, to vote – it is something we take for granted but any threats to our freedoms and homeland security have been fought and won by brave service personnel and we owe them a debt of gratitude. We will remember them.
Leader West Sussex County CouncilChichester West Division
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