Last Sunday was one of the most important days in the UK and Commonwealth countries – Remembrance Sunday. A day when people don their poppies and pay homage to those who gave their lives during WWI and WWII.
Held on the second Sunday of every November, ceremonies take place around the globe and are attended by soldiers, civil dignitaries, ex-servicemen, politicians and plenty of others who wish to pay their respects.
Something equally as moving for me in Poland is November 1st, when families travel to their loved ones’ graves to lay down candles.
When I first arrived in Poznan in 2004, I was taken up to the Cytadela Park to the Commonwealth graves on this day. I was totally overwhelmed by the number of people there and the beautiful sight that was in front of me.
While Polish families travel to their family graves, many British, Irish, Australian, American (and many other) expats in Poland visit the war graves to lay down candles and spend time thanking those who were brave enough to give their lives so that we could be here today.
It’s something that should never be forgotten.
Lest we forget.