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Remembrance is a here and now experience. While the grim challenges that faced young men at Ypres or on the Somme must be remembered so too must those facing the young men and today on operations in Afghanistan. Ultimately soldiers today and yesterday have to face their fears – when the pressure is on will they deliver or will they let their mates down? Death can be confronted – but what about a crippling injury at an age when they should be enjoying life to its full?
However not every soldier is or was in the front line under fire. However the men and women who ensure what was called “Beans and Bullets” in the American Civil War have a vital part to play in conflicts ancient and modern and deserve to be remembered too. One of the contributory factors to the victory of the 14th Army in Burma in the Second World War was the well organised and efficient logistic back up for the infantry, tank crews and gunners.
As their name suggests the Spirit of Remembrance tours focus on the sometimes tragically short lives of men and women who went to war - and remembers them.
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them"