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Here dead we lie 
Because we did not choose 
To live and shame the land 
From which we sprung.

Life, to be sure,  
Is nothing much to lose, 
But young men think it is, 
And we were young.
A E Houseman

Today – on the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour – is the Woodbridge Armistice Day Ceremony

This is the day when our primary school children come to the War Memorial on Market Hill hear of the past, and relate it to our present.

It is very moving – and  a  very fitting complement to Sunday’s Remembrance Day parade  .

Today, the war memorial will also be rededicated by Lord Tollemache.

Woodbridge children make memorial crosses for every ne of our soldiers killed in WW1
Woodbridge children make memorial crosses for every one of our soldiers killed in WW1

I chose Housman’s poem to go on a brass plaque on the new bench in the newly refurbished Memorial Gardens (you may have seen Town Councillor Kay Yule herself, working very hard planting and making good over the last month to make sure everything was perfect for this important time). It sums up, on the one hand, the mindset of the young who went into the first world war – particularly in those first months a hundred years ago – and on the other, the sad, overwhelming loss of life , and all the future they lost.

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