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Saying Goodbye to a Generation

Posted on: November 16, 2009

Even if you aren’t a history buff, the thought of the end of a generation is mind blowing.

I realized with breathtaking finality what it meant when I saw the Queen attending the service at Westminster Abbey to “mark the passing of the World War I generation”. The words alone are astounding.

This year, the three remaining veterans of WWI passed away: William Stone in January, and both Harry Patch and Henry Allingham in July. Allingham was the oldest Royal Navy Veteran, the last survivor of the battle of Jutland, and a founding member of the Royal Air Force.
Funeral of First World War Veteran Henry Allingham

The families of many of these WWI heroes attended the service. The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, laid a wreath on The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to commemorate the event.

http://www.royal.gov.uk/LatestNewsandDiary

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1 Response to "Saying Goodbye to a Generation"

When I first saw the title I thought it was about the WWII generation–not with the last of them passing though. My grandfather fought at Jutland and passed many years ago–I hope the world realizes the debt owed to those sailors and soldiers and this doesnt get forgotten in history books. Thanks for bringing attention to it!

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