At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.
Remembrance Sunday in Felsted was a “poignant, thoughtful and reflective” reflection of the centenary of the end of the First World War with a spitfire flypast, a fall of poppies (one for each of the 259 Felstedians who died), the lighting of the Beacons of Hope and the reading of the names of the Felsted Fallen. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the service and village memorial.
Debate may rage about the causes of the First World War: jingoism, militarism, a failing international system blighted with mistrust, but there is little doubt that no one wanted a long drawn out confrontation. In August 1914, most people believed the promises of quick victories and the troops ‘coming home in time for Christmas’; few warned of disaster and no one was able to prevent the escalation.