Address by the Rev. Francis Gardom

On the occasion of the Dedication of
The Kings Mead War Memorial

Saturday 22nd May, 2002


Remembering and Forgetting

A few weeks ago a group of us visited the World War One battlefields around Ypres in Belgium.

As we traced the fortunes and misfortunes of those who were involved on both sides of the conflict, a number of ideas came into my mind which seemed to have a bearing on the ceremony in which we are taking part here today.

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform

as the poet William Cowper reminds us; but he goes on to add

The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.

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