WWI remembrance day 2018

WWI 1914 – 1918. 100 years ago.

265248 Private Robert John Smith of the 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, died in Flanders fields, 21/03/1918, Born in Mattishall, Norfolk. Enlisted in Norwich, Norfolk. Gerry Francis’ Granddad. Great Granddad of Annette and Chris and Malcolm. He and so many others gave their lives for us. We will never forget.

100 Reasons

100 Years ago there was no reason
For killing 100 Soldiers on a day or more
100 Years today
There are 100 reasons
That we’ve learned from 100 Years before
To live another 100 years again
Without a war


The Cold War

HappyI remember it as yesterday’s events, the time a Russian Bomber flew over our house in 1981. It was in the days of the Cold War, a time of fear for Russians in the West.

As children we were taught at school and told by parents that the Russians were an evil lot and that they would not hestitate to use nuclear weapons to take over the world. And, as we were children, we believed them.

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Dear Mr Putin, do you care?

meine-liebe-300x300Dear Mr Putin,

Over the last days I have been crying. I cried over the lives lost in the Ukrain. I fought hard not to let hatred reign my emotions but what was left were tears. And when I saw the dead arrive in our midst I cried again.

We put the flag half-mast, as so many other Dutch people did. And even our Prime Minister, our King and Queen, they cried. And together with millions of fellow Dutchmen and women we could not sleep. We mourned together, as one nation.

Do you ever cry Mr Putin? Can you sleep at night? Do you care Mr Putin that thousands of people cry at the loss of their loved ones? Do you grieve?

I want you to take a close look at this picture Mr Putin. And think hard. And if you are able to, care. And if you can, cry.

Dear Mr Putin, do you care?

Уважаемый Влади́мир Пу́тин, Вы заботитесь?

The image in this article has been replaced by a placeholder image in anticipation to EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, Article 17 – Right to property becoming effective.

Remembrance day 2014

I remember when I was a child my dad used to tell me about the war. And that the war had destroyed Rotterdam, the city where I was born. On 14 May 1940 the Germans bombed the historic city center with 97.000 kilogrammes of explosives which led to the capitulation of the city. The rest of The Netherlands followed after the Germans threatened to do the same to Utrecht and other large cities.

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Lest we forget …

Last night I dreamt I reported for compulsory service as a soldier and relived my experiences in an army that never went to war. This morning I woke up remembering those who didn’t live to the next day in an army where they never met peace.

We must never forget the heroes who fought for our peace.