The People Remember

The people remember those who fell in war.

I don’t think I have ever published a news item of any sort on this website, but when I watched a programme this morning called The people remember I was immediately touched by a song. I guess “Spring to action” crossed my mind so here I am writing about it.
Obviously this is not one of my Photoshop’s in any way, shape or form. It’s just my little bit in helping people remember those that fight and protect your country, any country.
This particular episode from the BBC’s The people remember caught me by surprise and brought tears to my eyes. You can view it here and skip to 39.35 though I am unsure how long this link will work.
It’s also on YouTube sung by the same 15 year old girl from the Duke of York’s military school choir but not quite as tear jerking. Get the tissues ready because if you care about anything, this song will definitely get you going.

Remember the fallen….

Soldier Soldier was written by Vida Ivatt, harmonised and orchestrated by Major David Cresswell (rtd) and sung by DOYRMS student Rachel Ward. It is about a young soldier who receives a letter from his girlfriend while serving in Flanders. Many of the students who attend the School have parents serving in the forces, including Rachel whose dad is in the army. All proceeds of the sale of the single is split between two charities; the ABF and Care for Casualties, the Rifles’ charity.

Words to song:

Did you read the letter to you from the girl across the sea?
Did she say come back home safely as you charged across the fields?
Soldier soldier, Soldier soldier, when you heard the whistle blow,
On the fields of fallen soldiers where the scarlet poppies grow.

Did she say to you don’t worry don’t despair we’ll meet again,
Did she say home-fires were burning you’ll be here with me again?
Oh Soldier soldier, Soldier soldier, can you feel the Autumn breeze?
Through the heat of rifles howling there on Flanders fields.

Soldier oh soldier, as the tears filled your eyes,
Through the dust that drained before you did you say your last goodbyes?
Goodbye Soldier soldier, goodbye to those you know,
Goodbye Soldier soldier, on the fields where poppies grow.

Did you hear the bugle calling? Did you hear it on the breeze?
Did you hear the thunder rolling as you fell onto your knees?
Oh Soldier soldier, Soldier soldier, as you lay there on those fields,
Amid the cries of fallen soldiers, there on Flanders fields.

Soldier oh soldier, as the light left your eyes,
Did you reach out to hold her, did you say your last goodbyes?
Goodbye now Soldier soldier, goodbye to those you know,
Goodbye Soldier soldier, on the fields where poppies grow.

Did you read the letter to you from the girl across the sea?
Before her words fell on ashes as they drifted on the breeze?
Oh Soldier soldier, Soldier soldier, as you lay there on those fields,
Where the silent poppies tender there on Flanders fields.
Goodbye Soldier soldier, out there on Flanders fields.

Amen to that.