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Remembrance Sunday: Your Thoughts

Rembrance Sunday Veterans Parade
Ceremonies remembering servicemen and women who lost their lives in past and current conflicts have taken place across the UK, as communities paused to remember the fallen.

On this annual day of remembrance BBC website readers have been sending in their thoughts and tributes.

I will be remembering them, for without them I would not enjoy the freedoms I have today.
Thomas Smith, Newcastle upon Tyne

As a 20 year old platoon commander in Normandy in 1944 I recall with horror the loss of some of my comrades.
Dr R A Duncan, Stoke Newington

Soldiers stopped fighting on Christmas day in the war and played football together, side by side. I think many people forget these wars aren't between soldiers, they're between governments. An opposition soldier is only doing exactly the same as a British soldier, trying to protect his country, and family, and many have no choice in the matter.

As a Falklands & Gulf veteran, I took part in the parade held in Lytham earlier this morning - attendance has increased over the last couple of years, I believe a reflection of how many people are now affected by the conflicts in our time. It was disappointing that there was no band to lead the parade - a first in my experience.
Mick Steel, Lytham, Lancashire. UK

Early on the morning of the 22nd August 1914 my Grandfather who was a enlisted soldier with the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards was at a place called Casteau in Belgium, having left England only a few days before. As a child I remember going to remembrance services with him and he relating to me the story of how he was next to the dragoon I now know as a Corporal Thomas who fired the first shot of the first world war by the British, he said he fired the second. My Grandfather was blinded in a gas attack in February of 1915 and returned to England; fortunately he regained the sight of one eye but was deemed unfit for further service, which unlike so many others probably saved his life.
Anthony Ridley, Basingstoke

My father was in the cavalry and fought at the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Arras. As the troops rode on and were weary and saddle sore, they would sing "We've been in the saddle for hours and hours; we've stuck it as long as we could but we can't stick it no longer as our backsides are not made of wood" Even with all the horror of war they could still sing. As the war was drawing to a close, an aircraft flew overhead and dipped his wings. "What's he doing that for?" my father asked; the reply was "It must be the end of the war." As the barrage of gunfire filled the air my father replied "It will never end" but just after that at 11am there was silence and the war ended. My father died aged 98 but on his death bed he called out for his horse Maisie, who saved his life on many occasions.
S Wright, Bletchley

Remembering Harry Rostron & William Broughton, both form Bolton. Dearly loved husband & brother of Alma.
Jean Rostron, Bolton Lancs, England

It was interesting to note that war dead from the two world wars from undivided India quoted by the BBC TV's live coverage today were greater than those of any of the white Commonwealth countries who get to lay wreaths before the Indian and Pakistani representatives at the Cenotaph. These are the forgotten heroes of the two world wars, remembered only as a footnote by the white nations and largely forgotten by their own people.
H S Grewal, Surbiton UK

I stand in silence to remember three people: The frightened one, who went to war and did not return. The scarred one, who went to war and came home touched by its evil in body or mind. The one who was left behind, to wait and hope for the safe return of those who went to war.
Megan, Cheshire UK

Whilst I will be attending a service today I still feel the best way we can remember and honour the memory of all those fallen is to bring our troops back home.
Richard Thomas, Cardiff

In remembrance of fallen friends Jon Bracho-Cook and Sean Reeve. Lest we forget.
Amanda, Beckenham

It is a time to reflect and most importantly a time to remember the veterans who fought for our land and who put so much effort into this country. Without your help we wouldn't be where we are today!
Kashif Khan, Peterborough

It does not matter that their sacrifice has been made decades ago or will be made tomorrow, their sacrifice is a gift, a gift that should be accepted gracefully or in glorious rapture but should never be forgotten, for every serviceman or sevicewoman has a family and that family could be you and you know the love and loss that can touch us all in life. Raise your spirit and make a place in your heart for these men and women who carry a piece af all of us with them in their honour and sacrifice in service.
Shane Manning, Inverness, Scotland

My Great Grandad died in Pozieres in 1916. I am so proud of him and all the Service Personnel of today and yesterday. Lest we Forget.
Russ Young, Barnstaple

Grandad survived the trenches, my Uncles and Dad the Second World War. I am also paying my respects to those many who did not come home and will also be thinking of those in Afghanistan and Iraq. I won't be paying my respects to our politicians. "The Great War For Civilisation" Ninety years on, War goes on. They never learn.
Martin Vear, Guernsey

Today is one of the most important days of the year. I am still young, and not the most patriotic of people, but feel a great debt to those that fought, and those that remained at home and kept the country going. Having visited many trenches I am in awe of the sacrifices that were made. Also, I am against the present wars but those that are fighting them are at the behest of our politicians.
Em, Lewes

Anyone who 'has' to go to war is a hero - respect.
Chris, Lincoln UK

Although I cannot be at home in the UK I will take two minutes' silence to remember those who gave their lives so we may be free.
Colin Wilson, Rabich Saudi Arabia

I will be attending along with my 11 year old son. I am a former soldier and believe that the sacrifices that have been made and will continue to be made by our armed forces and those that are left behind to pick up the pieces should never be forgotten.
Alex Jones, Shropshire UK

I attended a very moving ceremony at Kranji Commonwealth War Grave this morning at 07.15 Singapore time. I was impressed at the large turnout in spite of the heavy rain! My uncle was taken prisoner by the Japanese at the fall of Singapore and subsequently died in Thailand and is buried in Kanchanburi in Thailand. He was 23 years old and a Captain in the Gordon Highlanders.
John Monro, Singapore

Today I will be attending the ceremony at the Cenotaph. I served in the RN 1956-1968, my son is at present serving in the RN and today for the first time my Grandson will be marching with an Army Cadet Unit, one day we will all march together.
Terry Briggs, Hayes, England

I'm an expat living in Canada and we have Remembrance day on the 11 November. My father served in WW2 and my grandfather died as a result of his injuries from Ypres - both born in Birmingham. I and my two teenage sons wear our poppies with pride and we will remember the fallen.
Clive Butler, Calgary, Canada

As the years go by the shared emotion of remembrance seems to get more intense, rather than fading away.
Peter Littlewood, Hong Kong

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