As a child and adult on Remembrance Day, I’ve always been told or encouraged to “Wear a poppy to remember what those, who died and fought for our freedom gave and sacrificed”. This, like a mantra, each November, was repeated over and over and I never really understood or could connect the images that were displayed on the television, through war films and comedy series, on billboard posters or books in the school’s World War History lesson, of “someone else’s story”. A story which I felt excluded from.
In the late 1990’s I became an avid visitor to the local library. To me it became a treasure of information and my library card became my most valued possession! It was here that I came across a book which was to provide the pictures, connection, answers and information for me in order to hold “Remembrance day” as something that is part of mine, my grandparents and future generation’s story. This book was/is called, “We were there”. A publication based on the Ministry of Defences exhibition of the same name.
So, it is with great reverence and respect, that I include the link to the following website for your own exploration: