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'What They Did Is Why We've Got A Future'

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 11th November 2013

A Truro veteran warns people are forgetting to remember.

At eleven o'clock on Monday morning Cornwall will mark the moment the guns fell silent in the First World War.

Armistice Day falls on the eleventh day of the eleventh month and will be observed with a two minutes silence across the Duchy and the UK.

A poet, who helped nurse injured servicemen during the 1914-18 conflict later wrote a poem while walking the cliffs near Polzeath, including the lines: "At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them."

Jon from Truro worked in military intelligence. He said: "People are forgetting to remember. Some of the wars that are now associated with it - the First World War, for example, there's nobody left from it. I think in some ways people buy a poppy, or wear it, but they no longer think about the meaning.

"I wear a poppy every day of the year - not just for a couple of weeks around November. What about the other fifty weeks of the year? Those guys are still dead. Why just remember them for two weeks? I generally wear it every day to remind me."

Gary White lives in Probus. He served in the army for twenty-five years: "What they did in the past is why we've got a future. People need to remember that.

"It's a way of remembering friends that I've lost in the years I served. I lost a good many friends that way - and also family, my grandparents served in the war. It's a way of reflecting on people, the good times and the bad times, remembering what they were and thinking what the future represents."

There will be a special programme from 10am on Monday morning to mark Armistice Day.

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