Sunday, 10 November 2013

Remembrance Day

On this Remembrance Day we have stood in silence to honour the millions who have fallen so that the world may have peace.

One of the things about the World Wars that is not mentioned enough is their truly global nature. These Wars united humanity in the struggle against evil in a way never seen before or since.

The British 14th army in Burma in 1944/45 was the most multi-racial army in history.

According to Wikipedia these countries fought against the Germans and their allies in the First World War:
 Andorra,  Belgium,  Brazil, Republic of China (1912–1949) Republic of China,  Costa Rica,  Cuba, Bohemia Czechoslovak Legions, France France,  Greece,  Guatemala,  Haiti,  Honduras,  Italy, Japan Japan,  Liberia,  Montenegro,    Nepal,  Nicaragua,  Panama, Portugal Portugal,  Romania,  Russia ,  San Marino,  Serbia, Thailand Siam (now Thailand),  United Kingdom,  Canada, British Raj British India (now India, Bangladesh, Burma and Pakistan),  Newfoundland,  Australia,  New Zealand, Flag of Malta (1923-1943).svg Malta,  South Africa, Flag of BSAC edit.svg Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe and Zambia), administered by the British South Africa Company, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland British crown colonies, United States United States, United States Philippines,  Puerto Rico

In the Second World War the list is as follows:
 Soviet Union,  United States,  United Kingdom,  China,  France, Poland,  Canada,  Australia,  Yugoslavia,  Greece,  Belgium,  Netherlands,  New Zealand,  Norway,  South Africa, Brazil,  Mexico,  Czechoslovakia, Mongolia Mongolia,  Philippines

Because of this, it always makes me angry when some people try to use Remembrance Day as a symbol of Nationalism and Isolationism. The two World Wars united people of all races, of all religions and of all colours under a common flag and a common goal.

Let us remember the times we have all worked together in the past, and use those times to give us hope for the future.