A Week of Remembering – A Queen Speaks

“I cannot lead you into battle.  I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else – I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.” “The lessons from the peace process are clear; whatever life throws…

A Week of Remembering – A Writer Speaks

“If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow,” Kansas City, 1918, Ernest Hemingway signed up for Red Cross duty to become an ambulance driver in Italy. In May of that year, he arrived in Paris  to find a city under bombardment from German artillery; by June, he was…

A Week of Remembering – A President’s Wife Speaks

“Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw” Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest serving First Lady of the United States (1933 – 1945), understood that the road to peace was not for the fainthearted. It would take hard work and a strong determination to believe that reconciliation and peaceful outcomes…

A Week of Remembering – A Scientist Speaks

The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.” Remembrance Day services honour the fallen.  It is a memorial, a time of giving thanks and a way of showing respect for the members of our armed forces who have died in the line of duty.  But there are many others who have…

A Week of Remembering – A Voice from the Past

“We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,” Remembrance Day gives poignancy to humanity’s longing for the end of war.  The only way to avoid violence is to understand conflict – what it is and how to respond in a way that promotes peaceful solutions and outcomes.  There have…

The Remembrance Poppy

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow         Between the crosses, row on row,” The red remembrance poppy, inspired by the WWI poem “In Flanders Fields” was first adopted by our neighbours to the south.  The American Legion used the poppy to commemorate American soldiers who died in the WWI 1914-1918. Shortly thereafter, the poppy was…