“I remember awakening one morning and finding everything smeared with the color of forgotten love.” ~ Charles Bukowski

Among the unrecognisable faces I stood, aware but still wondering why heads bowed to the harsh sound of cannon fired, alerting the silence of the day.

It did seem unforgivable to have the sound which we fight most, the sound of war, of families separated, of rage building and prejudice celebrating, being invited to remorse those who died in war.

The flags titled to the floor, the flowers scattered to somehow change the hue of wars fought for centuries, and the heads bowed.

The prayers echoed to the streets, children stopped playing, and the heads bowed.

“You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget.” ~ Cormac McCarthy

They walked around the house where she was trapped for two years, fearing to be discovered and killed for a character that does not affect anyone- for her religion.

They read and looked at pictures, they discussed and perhaps thought, but their heads did not bow.

“Sympathy, Love, Fortune… We all have these qualities but still tend to not use them!” ~ Anne Frank

He gasped “There is only one God” and fear travelled across the room, fighting his sadness, he assured them he was not one of them– he was asking for patience following the news of his brother’s death in Iraq’s war. They did not bow their heads.

“History sits on our shoulders, while reading opens our hearts.” ~ Jerry Spinelli

They have also died, they have also suffered but still they did not have a remembrance day.

They fought wars they did not understand, not with guns but with their belief in God and humanity. But their heads still bowed.

The sad story is, you remember those you want and you condemn those you want. The truth is, we have all fought wars, and we all have lost.

We have all lost our families, friends and colleagues to wars for centuries. I ask you for what? For history to repeat itself.

Prejudice was still re-elected and allowed labels to govern our thought councils far beyond what we were promised in election campaigns. The sad thing is, it never bows.

“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.” ~ Michael Crichton

“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” ~ Anne Frank

 

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