Veterans Day at Sea
at 11:11 this morning the ships Captain called for a minute of silence and reflection. Silence descended. All around me there were young people with curious expressions on their faces just standing there while grey haired heads all around me were bowed in remembrance. Most than one button hole was sporting a poppy purchased from young soldiers yesterday in Bridgetown.
It was a long time ago that war that was not the Great War, for no war is great. It was also not the War to end all Wars. Those of us with age and experience can think of all those lost to battle, wounds and illness.
I am grateful to be a Veteran no longer on active service. Military service is best performed by those young and fit.
May we as elders have sense, compassion and a commitment that does not allow us to squander young lives for foolish reasons and pride.