It is December, in the UK you can’t fail to notice the festive build up and the air of excitement that comes with the pre-Christmas build up. But we must remember those we lost.
Driving to work I see people who already have decorations up, turning on the TV the adverts hint at what our Christmas wouldn’t be complete without and party plans are under-way… I should know I am organising the Kirintec one! However working in this industry, we are mindful here that there are some families who will be without loved ones and friends this year. They are those we have lost.
We know that EOD operators working in the bomb disposal world are at high risk, due to the nature of their work. Indeed that is true for all of our serving heroes who everyday put their lives at risk, for us and country.
I am mindful that W.H. Auden’s literary works are applicable. Some people cannot face the festive build up. For them this season is simply too raw and too sore – no matter when they lost someone.
On behalf of all those people I would like to remind us all of the poignant words below, so that none of us forget and we pay tribute to every hero who is lost in the world of defence and security:
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.
Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.
He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.
The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.
This Christmas, holiday or whether it is time off, please spare a thought for those we lost. People lay their lives on the line ever day for their country. We remember our heroes.