For some years I have been helping people to research and preserve the
memory of their Prisoner-of-War relatives from the Second World War. I have been
astonished by their stories of courage, suffering, resourcefulness and
determination - stories too little known. They deserve to be discovered,
remembered, commemorated and honoured, and 12th November, the day after we
honour those who fell in war, seems a most appropriate date.
We rightly remember and honour those who fell in war, particularly on 11th November each year. May
it always be said: "We will remember them".
But remember too those men - often the forgotten victims of war - who still served their countries and who often suffered greatly - the Allied Prisoners of War. Let's make 12th November the day to remember and honour those POWs so that their names, their stories and their sacrifices will never be forgotten by this or future generations.
12th November: Remember POWs
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