Monday, 7 November 2011

Lest We Forget

This week's 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups has an apt prompt this week.

Lest We Forget

My grandfather fought in The Great War. He signed up at 15, forging documents to do his duty. He spoke to my father about the tremendous guilt he felt about the things he did in order to survive. He was a kind and patient man, a quiet man with quiet ambitions. I never asked him about the war. In a way, by not asking I was honouring what he did. He knew he was lucky. I think that was possibly the heaviest of his burdens.

Under the clouds of war, humanity hangs on a cross of iron.  ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

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