Remember

Time, to buy your poppies
11th of 11th is here again
We remember those who died for us
And those who were just maimed

We must also remember
Those, who lost their loved ones
Mothers, sister’s daughters
Fathers, brothers, son’s

What a lot of us can’t imagine
What torment that must be
But they all gave their lives for us
To make our country free

I know we’re in recession
But you don’t really know
The hardships that our grandparents
Suffered against the foe

Bombed out of house and home
Nowhere to go
But then all neighbours rallied round
To help they were not slow

Then Rationing came about
For food, for clothes, for fuel
From just scrag ends of meat
Made appetizing gruel

Women took over men’s jobs
In factories, farms and such
Blackouts, sirens, shelters
Hardship there was much

Army, air force and navy
Were not the only ones
But fire-fighters, nurses, doctors
Air raid wardens, everyone

They all played some part
In winning against the foe
Many lost their lives
A dreadful way to go

Some might say its better
To die instantly my friends
For many, many suffered
In agony till the end

We can’t possibly imagine
What it’s like there at the front
Many months of fighting
With no end in sight

In trenches,
Your comrades all about you lying
Water logged and stinking,
Lying, crying, dying.

So please stand in silence
Remember, remember them
They fought for our freedom
Our women and our men

Remember

JACQUE LEE

Crediton, United Kingdom

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