Remembrance and respect
Men and women show that they are capable of extremes of courage and cowardice, cruelty and compassion. For some courage and compassion come easily when they are amongst friends and comrades – however harsh and terrifying the situation.
It is different when alone, at home, a young woman has to dig deep into all her reserves of courage at the worst moment of her life when she learns that she will never again hear her man's voice, enjoy his companionship and that there will be no Dad laughing with the children.
To know that they are not completely alone, that other women have shared similar pain and that practical and emotional help is available from the War Widows Association, can help them to start to rebuild their lives.
For some widows, their children and even grandchildren there is a moment of closure when they stand in a Commonwealth War Graves cemetery and see their husband's name on a headstone with his rank and cap badge.
Spirit of Remembrance supports the War Widows Association