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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Remembrance Sunday

The Queen has decided that November 9th shall be observed as Remembrance Sunday. The customary Two Minutes' Silence will be observed from 11.00am.

MESSAGE FROM THE MODERATOR OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND, THE RIGHT REV DAVID LUNAN:

'Went the day well? We died and never knew'. These are the words above the war memorial in the parish church of Duffus in Moray. They are a poignant reminder of those who gave their lives, not knowing if their deaths secured the end of war, with freedom and justice for their children and their children's children.

Only by remembering what others have done for us, and living now for the liberty and fairness and peace for which they died, can we answer yes to their haunting question."It is our memories that give us our identity.

It is what we remember, and how we choose to remember that shapes our lives. Only as we remember the lessons of history will we not repeat our mistakes. If we don't remember the sacrifice of others, we will become an ungrateful and selfish people.

Remembrance Day gives each of us, from all walks of life, from every cultural background, and from every corner of the nation, the opportunity to stop, and reflect, and give silent thanks. For there are still those who today risk their lives for our sake.

Whether in a church, or in a public place, whether standing at a war memorial or in private at home, let us acknowledge for two minutes, our debt to those who have gone before, and our responsibilities to those who come after us. What others have died for, let us now live for, lest we forget.

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