It is right that we pay tribute

As another Remembrance Sunday passes, it is important to note how significant an event it is.

In a time of economic turmoil and lack of trust in politicians it is one of the few events in the country which unites everyone in honouring men and women who died defending this country in the two world wars and beyond.

It is given added power by the fact that our soldiers are fighting and dying in Afganistan at the moment and we honour those that have died there over the last year. Whether people support or oppose our involvement in that conflict nobody can deny the courage and sacrifice of our soldiers there.

What prompted me to write was a TV interview I saw on the BBC by a man claiming that the Remembrance Day events were not “inclusive” enough to immigrant communities in Britain today. The ignorance of this man about what happened during the two world wars is staggering. For a start in both wars soldiers fought and died with Britain from India, Pakistan, the West Indies and beyond. That is why the Ambassadors for these countries are present at Remembrance Day. As for immigrants from eastern Europe, not only did Polish and Czech Airmen fight bravely in the Battle of Britain in 1940, but Britain declared war in 1939 to protect Poland and East Europe from Nazi aggression.

Rememberance Sunday could not be more inclusive and is something which can unite us all. The soldiers we honour were from all classes, from all parts of the country, all religions, all political persuasions and all colours. The Rememberance day parade through Borehamwood was very humbling — all parts of our local community turned out. For me it reflected perfectly this absolute inclusivity, united by the common belief that all of us will not and must not, ever forget.

It is to this country’s credit that we honour those brave men and women’s sacrifice.

Councillor Hannah David
Hillside ward

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3:25pm Fri 18 Nov 11

Reader (R) says...

The WW2 was not fought with the sole purpose of defending Britain; The British and our allies fought throughout the world to free other nations from tyranny and oppression.

Britain did not go to war to protect Poland, had that been the case the landings would have been on Polish territory and not French.

Hitler had hoped in the run up to 1939 that Britain would remain neutral as he saw Britain as a major threat to the success of his plans.

Fortunately, Britain and its people can’t abide bullies and, it was on that basis that we told Hitler to desist or face the consequences. History shows that one of the world’s smallest countries stood alone against the might of the German war machine in the initial stages of the war.

Hitler had prepared the German war machine over many years in the 30’s and we in this country were ill prepared to stand up against him but, stand we did.

We welcomed our allies who chose to stand beside us in what was to be a desperate struggle to rid the world of Hitler and his ilk.

The Ambassadors you mention attend as representatives of the Commonwealth.

In reference to the Battle of Britain and the input from eastern european migrants, the powers that be in the RAF tried to marginalise the activities of these brave men as they deemed them out of control and a danger to our war effort in lost fighter planes.

History shows just how wrong the top brass were, it was a Polish squadron that notched up the highest kill rate during the Battle of Britain.

Britain remembers well why it went to war and we will always remember those of so many nationalities who gave their lives for world peace. The giving still goes on in 2011,when will people come to their senses.
The WW2 was not fought with the sole purpose of defending Britain; The British and our allies fought throughout the world to free other nations from tyranny and oppression. Britain did not go to war to protect Poland, had that been the case the landings would have been on Polish territory and not French. Hitler had hoped in the run up to 1939 that Britain would remain neutral as he saw Britain as a major threat to the success of his plans. Fortunately, Britain and its people can’t abide bullies and, it was on that basis that we told Hitler to desist or face the consequences. History shows that one of the world’s smallest countries stood alone against the might of the German war machine in the initial stages of the war. Hitler had prepared the German war machine over many years in the 30’s and we in this country were ill prepared to stand up against him but, stand we did. We welcomed our allies who chose to stand beside us in what was to be a desperate struggle to rid the world of Hitler and his ilk. The Ambassadors you mention attend as representatives of the Commonwealth. In reference to the Battle of Britain and the input from eastern european migrants, the powers that be in the RAF tried to marginalise the activities of these brave men as they deemed them out of control and a danger to our war effort in lost fighter planes. History shows just how wrong the top brass were, it was a Polish squadron that notched up the highest kill rate during the Battle of Britain. Britain remembers well why it went to war and we will always remember those of so many nationalities who gave their lives for world peace. The giving still goes on in 2011,when will people come to their senses. Reader (R)
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