Sunday, November 12, 2006

We Will Remember Them

As we stand in the Ruins waiting for the time to strike 11o’clock, the sight of it sank into me. It dawned on me what they must have suffered; it’s a devastating sight,

Coventry Cathedral should have been rebuilt after the torch of the second world war on her, no; instead a complete new foundation stone was laid by Her Majesty in 1956 and the output, a magnificent modern architecture, setting it apart from the majority gothic cathedrals clustering the face of Europe, was consecrated in 1962.

Today being a Remembrance Sunday and I in Coventry joining them in service, we marched to the skeleton of the old cathedral which has been left standing. As the church appears these days, old people flanked me left and right. It is a ceremony to our generation. But standing there in the midst of so many aged ones, my attention was drawn to the faces of yet even younger people, confused as they look at first, I gradually come to see how useful that ruins left, is.

These young people watched in utter elusiveness the serious sad faces of the older people. In such scenery, they and I gradually come to understand the enormity of the devastation that happened in 1914 and 1939; and still happening in many places today. Our understanding might not be full, but the memory of it lives with us.

“They shall not grow 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.”

We will remember them.

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