Sunday, 22 October 2017

Captain of Upper Thames Rowing Club: Why I wear a poppy

MUCH to the dismay of my children, I regularly take them to visit the First World War battlefields; they bear witness to how events a hundred years ago can live on in the collective memory of people and places.

MUCH to the dismay of my children, I regularly take them to visit the First World War battlefields; they bear witness to how events a hundred years ago can live on in the collective memory of people and places.

Within a four hour drive of Henley town centre you can be standing under the Menin gate in Ypres, where the Last Post has been played at 8pm every day since 1928.

Belgium is not always an easy to sell to pre-teens, but my kids will remember that sound for the rest of their lives — and that is important.

Like wearing a poppy, those bugle notes signify courage and respect — two values we try to uphold in our small way at the rowing club.

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