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A Message from Fr Paul Seaman

Dear Friends,

'We will remember them'

It is quite fortuitous that this year Remembrance Sunday falls on 11th November as this is the year when we mark the centenary of the signing of the Armistice on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. This brought to a close the first world war. Although this was cited as 'the war to end all wars' it was just over twenty years later that we were at war again!

It is good to see so many towns and villages marking this anniversary by placing outlines of service personnel in prominent places for locals and visitors to take note of and to prompt thoughts and reflections. Remembrance Sunday and Armistice day, which this year come together, are occasions for whole communities to gather in public places to stop and reflect upon what took place  in comparatively recent times .

Here in Pulborough we lost so many young lives in the tragedy of two world wars and in more recent conflicts. Of course, for bereaved families and friends, there is that continual bringing to mind of those who have been lost, especially in more recent theatres of war.    
We should aim to make our acts of remembrance as meaningful and genuinely reflective as possible to help us truly appreciate the cost of war and to ensure that our village never suffers the same heart-ache  ever again.

In St Mary's Church we have erected ten silhouettes among the pews which represent all those who have been lost to our own community through war. The title of this installation is 'There but not there'. We have received ten of these figures to correspond to the nine war graves in our churchyard, plus one to represent young James Brynin who was lost to us more recently. Please come and see them and take part in our Act of Remembrance in St Mary's at 10.55am on Sunday 11th November starting at the War Memorial!

On the graves of those whose bodies could not be identified an inscription is often placed which says 'known unto God'. This is true of every person who has died in the service of humanity and we are duty bound to honour them 'for our tomorrow they gave their today'.

May God bless us all as we seek to build a more just and safer world for those who will follow on after us.

With my prayers and best wishes,

Fr. Paul Seaman  (Rector of Pulborough)


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