Powerful lines, Sol - and so apt and profound. It's good to read now and then the stanzas each side of the lines which we all know, and for which the poet is remembered now practically to the exclusion of everything else he wrote. It's only recently that I first got to read the whole poem and your timely posting of it here does both it and us a good service.
People forget they were mostly young men who lost their lives for us. When I was in Thailand we stayed at the hellfire pass. We had a tour that took us to the war graves. Oh Ray it was heart breaking, most of them werent even 25. People also forget what the husbands and wives and children of people in the forces endure. Months of a parent not being there, being moved maybe every 2 years. The worry of someone arriving at the door in uniform. I owe them all a debt of gratitude.
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