Remembrance Day is almost upon us, and I always find myself in a strange mood at this time of year. Having just celebrated Samhain, the veil between living and dead is still thin, and ghosts of our departed ancestors still linger for those who care to find them. While I don’t know about any specific family members that fell during the world wars, I have no doubt that they existed, and that our extended family community fought hard in all areas of their lives. I remember not only the soldiers and military personnel, but the civilians whose lives became about survival.
And not only our blood relatives from the world wars. Recently I have read a few books with my local book club that left me reeling with shock, horror and above all awe for the characters. Whilst the books were written as fiction, I am certain that they reflect the lives of real people caught up in terrorism and war not of their making. One book was A Thousand Splendid Suns. I read it in just two days, and it stays with me, its ghosts following me around as I go about my life in freedom and comfort. Then I remember the sacrifices made by my ancestors during the past one hundred years or so, and I stop for just a moment to give thanks for their legacy. Will you be remembering our fallen heroes this Remembrance Sunday?
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