Lest we forget

With all the trials and tribulations 2016 has bought to the world so far, it’s nice to take a moment to come together and reflect on such important moments in our country’s history.

Like many people across the nation, remembrance day holds a strong place in my heart, however I am very fortunate to not have to mourn personally. My Grandfather fought in the Korean War in the early fifties, and due to a bout of dysentery, he was removed from the front line, the only of his comrades to see another day.

With South and North Korea still only technically in a ceasefire, the South remains incredibly close with its veterans, and my grandfather has been lucky enough to be invited back to the country three times since he fought. When I was 18, I myself was one of 15 grandchildren of UK veterans to be invited over by the Korean government, gaining a true insight into the sacrifices made by those in both my grandfather’s generation, and all those previous and post his time.

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This year marks 63 years since the signing of the armistice agreement between North & South Korea, 71 years since the end of WW2, and 98 years since the end of WW1 – with just under 1.3 million UK troops having lost their lives to war since the beginning of WW1.

 

My Grandfather, Anthony White