God's Word for today

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

In memory of Francis Eugene Widdas

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.

11 November is known in many countries as "Remembrance Day", where people pause for a minute's silence (usually at 11:11, the time of the signing of the Armistice that brought World War I to an end) to remember those who have fallen in conflict.

Today I remember my late grandfather, Francis Eugene Widdas, who was killed in action during World War II on the beaches of Anzio, Italy, where he remains buried with countless others who lost their lives during this terrible conflict.

Although he died some 25 years before I was born, his memory remains part of my family's history. Spare a thought today for the many who lost their lives in all varieties of human conflict, whether war, freedom struggle, or domestic. And let us continue to strive for peace with our fellow human beings.

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