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From my childhood, I am in my mid-thirties,  I can still remember the 'widows' of world war 1. Old ladies who had lost the ones they were engaged, betrothed or married to. In a society both short on men and a culture that frowned upon women forming new relationships it was a lonely sight.

Growing up I can remember watching the Armistice Day parade. It used to be the First World War Veterans who proceeded the Second World War Veterans. Thousands of proud men marching in respect and for the memory of their fallen friends and comrades. Now, those men of the first war will soon pass into history.

The BBC is running a two part programme on British veterans of World War 1. Harry Patch, now a sprightly 107 years old said this...


It wasn't worth it. No war is worth it. No war is worth the loss of a couple of lives let alone thousands. T'isn't worth it ... the First World War, if you boil it down, what was it? Nothing but a family row. That's what caused it. The Second World War - Hitler wanted to govern Europe, nothing to it. I would have taken the Kaiser, his son, Hitler and the people on his side ... and bloody shot them. Out the way and saved millions of lives. T'isn't worth it.

I hope their lessons are not forgotten.

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by RogueTrooper on Fri Nov 11th, 2005 at 04:29:29 AM EST

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