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Lest We Forget

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Have we forgotten their ultimate sacrifice?
Of these men and women who died in their millions?
Brave and true, without question,
proud to be British, not ashamed to be Christian.

So many years have passed,
it seems our memory doesn’t last.
Forgetting these courageous people, to our shame.
Why can’t we remember their names?

How short is our memory?
That we have forgotten them already?
Died in their millions fighting for our freedom,
believing in our free democratic ideology. 

What does it take to wake up this country,
to rise once again from its complacency?
How much more do we take, before we decide to fight,
for our beliefs, our traditions and our liberty?

Armed Forces Day in the UK 
Lest We Forget
by Simon Icke UK

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I wrote this poem last week after seeing an item on the local news about a soldier who committed suicide. He saw a young girl step onto an I.D.E. whilst carrying her baby brother. The little girl died in his arms. Some months later, suffering from P.T.S.D. he was told by the Army to ” Man Up “. That was two months before his death.
As you can imagine I was inspired to write my poem and it came out very quick and raw. Reading it through I can see that it might upset some people but it was not written to shock only to show that everyone has feelings and sensitivities.
Even the battle-hardened serviceman can be affected by the brutality of war and the terrible things he sees can live with him for ever.
 
AN UPTURNED CHAIR
 
Man up soldier
Don’t you cry
Because you saw 
A baby die
 
Man up soldier
Don’t you moan
Time to show that
You have grown
 
Man up soldier
Yes it’s rough 
Show your buddies
That you’re tough
 
A child stepped on
An I.E.D.
So innocent, she
Did not see
 
You cradled her
And watched her die
And all you do 
Is whinge and cry
 
Now man up soldier
Hear what I say
Leave it here
Just walk away
 
Not long ago
They found him where
He hung above
An upturned chair
 
Don Holmes
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