This book is collection of poems and readings for remembrance events, and thoughts about remembrance, war and peace, spanning over two thousand years. Amongst these traditional, ancient and new poems, prayers and readings there may be found pieces suitable for twenty-
Some pieces may suggest ways of developing ideas for commemorative occasions.
A number of the pieces reflect on personal suffering and personal loss.
Several poems are by contemporary servicemen.
Many of the items included in this collection will prove moving, thought provoking and even inspirational.
Contents/Sections of Remembrance Poems and Readings
Poems and Readings for Remembrance Events
Forgiveness and Reconciliation
“Why, Soldiers? Why?”
Brothers in Arms
Reasons for War
Patriotism — Patriotic and Uplifting Hymns and Songs
Reflections on War
Messages to Those Remaining
“Say Not Soft Things”
Short key statements of International Law and War
Brief Biographical Notes on Living Contributors
Authors’ Notes on Poems
Organisations: Remembrance, Armed Services Support, Peace, Human Rights
Copyright: Special Permission
Index of Titles and Authors
The mayors of Hiroshima City, Tadatoshi Akiba
and Matsui Kazumi,
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis,
John Stanhope Arkwright,
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk,
Arthur Christopher Benson
Arthur Hugh Clough
General Dwight Eisenhower
Anne Fitch, Countess of Winchelsea,
William Noel Hodgson
Julia Ward Howe
Anna de Noailles
Cecil Arthur Spring Rice
Samuel Francis Smith
The Gettysburg Address
God Bless Australia
God Defend New Zealand
I Vow to Thee My Country
If I Can Forgive,
My Country, 'tis of Thee
O God, Our Help in Ages Past
O Valiant Hearts,
Quotations from The Bible
Quotations from the Qur’an
Say Not the Struggle Nought Availeth
Remembering and honouring those who have died in the service of their country is an important part of our culture and the cultures of many
countries. . .
Today many people wish to go beyond traditional remembrance to include all those who have died and suffered in war and to reflect on human nature and our propensity to resort to war. Sometimes remembrance events seek to find lessons for the future in the suffering of the past. . .
Peace at this time
Today, more than ever before, the human race is interdependent, or to put it another way, the survival of the human race is dependent on mutual understanding and cooperation. The world needs peace as never before. With peace the human spirit can flourish and all things are possible. With war, civilisation is halted or thrown back to the Dark Ages, or worse than the Dark Ages because human destructiveness can now be achieved on a scale to match our worst nightmares.
The twentieth century demonstrated the enormous and positive creative potential of human beings. For so many of us life became better than anything experienced before in history. Yet, at the same time, the human race suffered unprecedented violence and developed unprecedented ability to destroy.
In remembrance events we do many things. . .
Today, states still need their military forces to defend them, but, as far as international law is concerned, states do not have a right to indulge in aggression and attack other countries. . .
Honouring soldiers and other military personnel for their willingness to risk their lives on behalf of their country is an essential element of Remembrance Day events. . .
David Roberts, who compiled this book, is well-
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