This video was produced by Brian Cooke, UKIP Gloucestershire, who has given us kind permission to publish it.
Brian visited the WWI battlefields earlier this year. The original video footage is his, and he put the whole video together for today, the Centenary of the end of WWI:
“THEY SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN”
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Our reader Leslie J. Nicholls sent us this poem for the Centenary of Remembrance Sunday:
A poem to remember
Brave soldiers in their graves revolve
As EU leaders now resolve to render hard won victories to nought
On foreign soil in two world wars, they kept invaders from our shores
While donkeys brayed, our lambs and lions fought
They fought to keep our islands free, they fought to save democracy
They fought to fight the fear that made them fight
They fought wherever they were led, they fought until the fields ran red
They fought by day and then they fought by night.
Wars to end all wars were claimed, the millions dead and millions maimed
Would sacrifice their life for lifelong peace
The wars were won, and peace was earned, tyrants beaten, lessons learned
Our lambs returned adorned in Golden Fleece.
Their strength and courage was our shield, they did not flinch they did not yield
Britannia would forever rule the waves.
No foreign power will rule our land, our laws forever in our hands
We Britons never, ever would be slaves.
But now a hundred years have passed since first they heard the brutal blast
And widowed wives at home began to grieve
But bitterly they’d be dismayed to know that they have been betrayed
As Europe won’t accept were free to leave.
Brave soldiers in their graves remain, we will not let them die in vain
The debt we to owe them will never cease
They died to save their once proud nation, foiling foreign domination
They won the war, now we must win the peace.
Leslie J Nicholls