Every Remembrance Day is significant and poignant; however, this year is more than most as we commemorate the end of hostilities of the most devastating World War in our history. What seems to strike all of us is the incomprehensible scale of loss and damage – suffered on both sides – and the tremendous sacrifice and commitment made by exceptionally brave men and women.
The connection many of us still have with relatives who served in the Great War makes this all still very real, and relatively recent. The enduring effect it had on those who served, and the impact that it still has on many of us today is testament to the enormity of this war. We should never forget what those of Great War did to allow us to live the way we do today. The fact that so many people were willing to stand up and take action is humbling; for peace has never been achieved by simply wishing for it…
Remembrance Day has very particular and personal meaning for us at Performance Climate System Ltd. As former Royal Marines, who have collectively served for over four decades, and deployed to many conflict zones all over the world; we take this time to reflect and remember those who have gone before us, and those we have had the privilege of serving alongside. Those who tragically lost their lives; those terribly injured; and those – those many – who are still suffering, and will continue to suffer, the hidden wounds as a result of their experiences.
We focus our thoughts over this period each year, but we remember throughout the whole year; on those notable dates that are inextricably etched in our minds; and always for those who silently suffer so the rest of us can live our lives in relative peace and safety.
So, on this very momentous Remembrance Day, pause for thought for the incredibly selfless, courageous and morally-driven individuals who were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice over 100 years ago; and also, for those who have come after them, driven by the same belief in freedom, democracy and everyone’s desire to live in harmony with each other.
May we never forget.