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From this month's magazine:

Remember Them

by Major Ivor Jackson

     After the end of what was then called the Great War, and later was known as World War I, a memorial, the Cenotaph, was erected in Whitehall and the Unknown Soldier was buried in Westminster Abbey. Throughout the kingdom towns, villages, churches, chapels, schools and workplaces followed suit with memorials to their own fallen.

     A simple plaque on a church wall, a small cross on the village green or an elaborate monument in a town park are all poignant reminders, not only of two world-wide and devastating wars, but also of lives given in many other conflicts. Often a simple cross or obelisk carried the names, a soldier or a statue depicting victory sometimes stood atop, but there were many more imaginative forms. A village hall or a memorial garden are not all that unusual. In Bangor we have the Memorial Arch with its hall above; in Moelfre street lights were the memorial.

     The important factor is that we are reminded of what has passed and what men (and women) fought and died for. After crossing the Jordan, God gave Joshua instructions which he passed on to the people:-

   “Pass over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of Jordan, and take ye up every man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the number of the tribes of the children of Israel:  That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.” (Joshua 4:5-‬7 AV) ‬‬‬‬‬

   Joshua saw that memories fade with time and that some tangible reminder is needed.

     A question comes to my mind as I read of the vandalising of war memorials. Are we reminding our young people, or perhaps some not so young, of the meaning of these 'stones’? Are we in danger of losing much we take for granted if we forget the meaning of the stones of Joshua or of the lessons taught us by wars?

   At Remembrance Services the words from Laurence Binyon's poem ‘For the Fallen’ will be recited:-

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Not, I pray, empty words, but a firm resolve: “We WILL remember them”.

     There is, of course an even greater symbol for us to look to, wooden not stone, the Cross, a reminder that, “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:14-‬15 AV)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

The booklet about the church's War Memorials,  "Lest We Forget”, is  now available. There is no charge for this,  but please make a generous donation to the Poppy Appeal (Donation box on the table with the books.)


Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods.

Cats have never forgotten this.


A pastor assured his congregation he was their servant and that they should feel free to call him anytime they had a problem.

   That night the pastor's phone rang at 3 a.m. On the other end was a dear elderly lady who said, "Pastor, I can't sleep."

  "I’m so sorry to hear that," he comforted her.

  "But what can I do about it?" the pastor said.

   She sweetly replied, "Preach to me a while, pastor."

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