This year we marked 100 years since the end of World War One.
In his sermon, Charlie reflected on the reasons for remembering:
First, because we must honour our forebears – the monumental sacrifice of an entire generation. We honour those who, even today, are living in dangerous places for the sake of our safety and the cause of justice and security.
Second, to remember the human cost of war – the bloodshed, mass graves, the broken bodies and minds, the impoverished countries left behind. We should remember, lest we ever lightly enter into future conflict.
Third, we remember because we want to find a better way.
At the end of WW1, one Lieutenant, Richard Nixon, heard these words from his commander:
You’ve got a future now…and so have I
I wonder what we will do with it, and what it will be like. Things are not going to be the same as they were before.
But a lasting peace? Alas, not. Some of the seeds of the second war were sown at the end of the first.
For the truth is that the source of conflict is not as simple is we might perceive.
Here are some photos of the day, courtesy of Rob Woodward.