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Community Links life-president Kevin Jenkins OBE on the importance of teaching children about Remembrance

PUBLISHED: 11:58 09 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:58 09 November 2016

Kevin Jenkins

Kevin Jenkins

Kevin Jenkins

As I write, Remembrance Sunday is just a few days away, poppies are on sale and the thoughts of the nation are beginning to be directed to the thousands and thousands of individuals who have paid the ultimate sacrifice during two world wars and many other subsequent armed conflicts, to enable us to enjoy the freedom and quality of life that we all experience today.

For many, Remembrance Sunday is extra poignant as they will be remembering the loss of a father, mother, son, daughter, husband, wife or other close relative. In the fast changing, ever developing society that we all live in today, it is vitally important to ensure that we never forget those who have enabled us to enjoy today without fear and plan for tomorrow.

It is crucially important that schools, and more importantly parents, explain to their children about Remembrance Sunday and why we remember.

It is no good buying and wearing a poppy if you don’t know why you are buying and wearing it in the first place.

This weekend there will be many opportunities for individuals to show their respect and appreciation to all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

It is equally important that parents take the opportunity to explain to their children why we remember and to review the past – the past that can teach us so much about today.

This way we can ensure that those who have given so much are never forgotten but remembered and respected by future generations who not only continue to enjoy the freedoms and quality of life that they have made possible but they understand just how precious this is even, though they have not experienced any other way of life and they will do all they can to ensure that the freedoms and qualities are preserved for future generations. More from Kevin


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