Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Why I wear a poppy

Fr Martyn Griffiths Rector of Henley with Remenham

Fr Martyn Griffiths Rector of Henley with Remenham

“IT is my great privilege to take the service from the town hall steps each Remembrance Sunday.

I have my own memories during that poignant silence at 11am: of our elderly neighbour when I was a boy, a spinster whose fiancé had been killed in the First World War, of the stories my father told me of his own experiences during the Second World War and of my friend and fellow priest serving now in Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.

The poppy I wear is a symbol of all these people and many more but it is more than that — it is my own small effort to help those whose lives have been affected by warfare as they have served with our armed forces throughout the world and it is a symbol, too, of my and many others’ prayers for them.”

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