We Must Never Forget

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By Julie Rowe, author of the War Girls series

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“To the ever glorious memory of the one who died and to the undying honour of those who served.” ~ Epitaph of Sergeant Joseph William Lapp, 48th HC, 3.10.43 (age 31). This is an epitaph on a World War Two soldier’s grave in Europe, one that gives a perfect dedication for what today is: A day to remember and honor our war dead. In the last one hundred years, millions of soldiers have given everything, their sanity, safety and, all too often, their lives to defend and protect our way of life: Freedom. It is our responsibility to never forget their service and sacrifice, no matter how long ago their battles were fought. There are no living soldiers or veterans left from World War One, and time and age has taken many of our veterans from World War Two, Korea and Vietnam. It is up to us, their legacy, to keep their memory alive and say their names out loud. Here are a few of those names, with epitaphs from their graves, from the book WORDS OF VALIDICTION AND REMEMBRANCE by Eric McGeer.

Till justice rules there is no liberty. I died for it. ~ Epitaph of Flight Lieutenant Arthur Grant Longwell, RCAF, 14.2.43 (age 29)

Though they sleep, their glory fades not, their deeds can never die. ~ Epitaph of Flying officer Wendell Stuart Curtis, RCAF, 7.11.44 (age 21)

In thought, faith. In deed, courage. In life, service. In death, victory. ~ Epitaph of Lance Corporal Clare Davidson Kines, RWR, 8.6.44 (age 29)

Sleep, dear son. Honour, justice, duty, all survive by your mortal fall. ~ Epitaph of Lieutenant Mackay Mackay, PPCLI, 27.8.18 (age 28)

Sleep peacefully, dear daddy. ~ Epitaph of Corporal Walter Oscar Rintala, QORC, 26.4.45 (age 32)

His task is finished, ours just begun, to bring peace. We shall not fail him. ~ Epitaph of Private Clive Austin Mills, ASHC, 24.10.44 (age 19)

He is not dead whose memory still is living within a nation’s heart. ~ Epitaph of Major Norman Campbell Pilcher, 5th CMR, 19.5.16

The blood of heroes is the seed of freedom. ~ Epitaph of Private Ivor Powell, 87th BCI, 4.9.18 (age 39) Dury Mill

Keep alive their pride, remember how they lived, remember why they died. ~ Epitaph of Private Gordon William Gurden, RHLI, 19.8.42 (age 22)

  Julie Rowe’s first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the North West Territories and northern Alberta, where she still resides. She loves to include medical details in her romance novels, but admits she’ll never be able to write about all her medical experiences because, “No one would believe them!”. In addition to writing contemporary and historical medical romance, and fun romantic suspense for Entangled Publishing and Carina Press, Julie has short stories in Fool’s Gold, the Mammoth Book of ER Romance, Timeless Keepsakes and Timeless Escapes anthologies. Her book SAVING THE RIFLEMAN (book #1 WAR GIRLS) won the novella category of the 2013 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. AIDING THE ENEMY (book #3 WAR GIRLS) won the novella category of the 2014 Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence. Her writing has also appeared in several magazines such as Romantic Times Magazine, Today’s Parent, and Canadian Living. You can reach her at www.julieroweauthor.com , on Twitter @julieroweauthor or at her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/JulieRoweAuthor

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