I came across this film last week through some work I was doing, and I wanted to share this with you. It’s taken from a commemorative dance event in the summer on 1st July to commemorate the Battle of the Somme, as it was 100 years since the battle. I only saw it this week but I think it’s as relevant now as it will be in another 100 years
Please take the time to watch this film of the Somme 100 commemoration and then I will tell you why I think it’s important.
100 years ago is a long time ago. So very far away from the time we live in of social media, fast moving consumer goods, the high standard of living we’re used to and the celebrity culture lifestyle so many people are embracing. It can seem more than a lifetime away that so many men and women sacrificed the lives they had to either go to the front to fight, or to nurse, or drive or feed the armies giving themselves. On the first day of the battle of the Somme over 19,000 soldiers died. On one day. Can you imagine a terrorist attack now, where 19,000 people died on one day. The devastation and consequences caused? In fact 908,000 people were killed just in Britain alone during World War One.
The reason I am blogging about such a serious, sad and historical topic is because I feel we’re in danger of forgetting what happened. Of the very real sacrifice people made so that future generations, us, could live safely. So many men went off to war to fight for the country they loved. Not just from Britain but from all parts of the Commonwealth. The very people hated by many now for ‘invading our borders’ stood strong by British soldiers and fought. I am not a fan of war, I don’t believe it is a solution to problems and I would never glorify it. I would prefer it didn’t exist as a concept. However for all the Grandads and Great Grandmothers and Great Great Grandfathers and Grandmothers of our generation who lived through times where whole villages and towns were wiped out, where the concept of PTSD didn’t even exist I want to say thank you. In a time where men were severely injured, patched up and sent out to fight again I want to say we haven’t all forgotten. I can only imagine how it must have been to see the one you love go away for months, or perhaps years and never know if you’ll see them again.
I am so glad that there are commemorative events that are remembering this time. I am asking if you see one, or experience once that you too give thanks for the life you have. Please watch the film. Yes it’s 16 minutes, but 300 volunteers gave up their time to produce the piece of dance. It’s a very poignant reminder that at this point in history with many, many changes happening in the political landscape we have a choice. We can fight hate with love, we can choose to love our neighbour and our enemy. We can be kind to each other. #spreadlovenothate
If you’re interested in the events around the UK to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One click here to find out more about what’s going on.