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The EDP says: We must never forget those who fell for us

PUBLISHED: 08:35 12 November 2017 | UPDATED: 08:35 12 November 2017

Lowestofts annual Service of Remembrance will once again be held at the War Memorial on Royal Plain. Picture: Mick Howes

Lowestofts annual Service of Remembrance will once again be held at the War Memorial on Royal Plain. Picture: Mick Howes

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We will never forget.

On Remembrance Sunday, our region will join the rest of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in honouring those servicemen and women who paid the ultimate price.

It is a tremendously poignant day, when we pause to thank and remember those who sacrificed themselves in two world wars and in other conflicts around the globe.

People will gather at war memorials around the nation to lay wreaths to the fallen.

In London, that will be at the Cenotaph, designed by the Edwin Lutyens, the same man behind Norwich’s own war memorial - now better placed facing City Hall after a long campaign by veterans.

There will be lumps in the throat as the nation falls silent and the emotive notes of the Last Past are sounded.

There are those who dismiss Remembrance Sunday as glorifying war and militaristic.

Those people are completely missing the point.

Just try speaking to the veterans who made it back, but who saw their friends die in combat - they see nothing celebratory in Remembrance Sunday.

It’s a day of grief, but also of hope that such terrible tolls will not be repeated.

There is a quote that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

And that’s one of the reasons Remembrance Day is essential.

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