Posted by: sommecourt | 05/08/2009

No Man’s Land

… and then there was none. With the passing of Harry Patch – “the Last Fighting Tommy” – a page of our history has turned and will be never seen again. There are no longer men who saw the flares dance in a Flanders sky, or heard skylarks sing above the Somme corn. Our direct link with the war is lost – it is all history now in a way it never was. The world is a poorer place with no veterans of the Great War, and for those of us who knew veterans, and were able to spend time with them on the former killing fields, it’s a sad day indeed. But while the eyes of a generation may have been shut tight forever, the need to remember, to never forget has never been stronger. Harry’s gone to join his comrades in Ancient Sunlight… now we must make his life and their sacrifice worthy.

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