Once again the dead of the Great Wars have been honoured; first on Saturday evening with a ceremony in London’s
Albert Hall where much of the emphasis was
on children, with the Poppy Girls, a group of 5 charming little girls who sang
together beautifully followed later by a young boy chorister and finally by a
nine year old girl who spoke up in a loud and clear voice that could be heard all
round the Hall while her 7 year old sister stood near by.
Armistice Day was celebrated at the Cenotaph in London yesterday; the Sunday closest
to the 11th.November and it was remarkable that the Queen and Prince Philip were both well enough to lay
wreaths followed by several other members of the Royal family and public
Across the country services were held at war memorials and
in churches, big and small. At our own village church near Bishop Auckland a
local family were recalled, whose four sons served in the Great War of 1914-18. Between them they won two Victoria Crosses; a DSO and two Military Crosses, an almost impossible
achievement. Sadly, only one brother survived.
Now the government has decided that for every man who
won the Victoria Cross, a golden paving stone will be laid outside his home, 100 years
after it was awarded.