Category: EDL News Published on Sunday, 11 November 2012 00:00 Written by Pyrus Hits: 1859
Towards dawn on the 11th of November, 1918, a small delegation of German officials gathered in a railway carriage in the forest of Compiegne, about 65 kilometres north-east of Paris. At 5 am they signed an Armistice agreement, to come into effect at 11 am ending what was then known as the Great War.
Nearly 100 years - and many, many wars later - on the same day and at the same time, we bow our heads in silence and remember those who gave their today for our tomorrow. We remember those who laid down their lives for our freedom, not just in the Great War but in World War 2, in Korea, in Borneo, in Suez, in Northern Ireland, the Falkland Islands, in Iraq, and in Afghanistan.
That’s a big legacy; our freedom. Freedom from tyranny, freedom from oppression, freedom to live how we want, follow the religion we want, freedom to think what we want and to speak our minds freely in the knowledge that we will not be executed for having the wrong religion, put in a labour camp for having the wrong sexual orientation, or put in prison for saying something that the State does not approve of.
The graveyards are full of dead heroes. Was it only the cowards that survived? Of course not. The graves contain as many cowards as heroes, and as many totally ordinary people like you and I. There are as many heroes and cowards still walking our streets. Strangely, it isn’t the person that makes the hero, it’s the events. It’s how we react to them. We see it in the cancer patient bearing their last torment with dignity. We see it in the single mother struggling to get her children the things she never had. We praise our heroes not for what they are, but for what they did. Ordinary people rising to the occasion and performing deeds that show us all that we all the have the potential for great things.
But is our freedom safe? After so many wars, so many heroic deeds, so many deaths, are we free? Sadly, no. The wars continue and our soldiers continue to die in places with names we cannot even pronounce much less point to on a map. The fight for freedom, instead of being won is as active now as it ever was. The threats to our freedoms are just as real and present as they ever were. As long as people like EDL Leader Tommy Robinson and Britain First’s Kevin Carroll are physically assaulted on our streets and have their lives threatened because they dare to voice their opinions and speak out, the fight for our freedom must go on.
EDL Leader Tommy Robinson will be spending Remembrance Day in prison, as he has spent so many days since his arrest. He has been remanded in custody for conspiracy to create a public nuisance - for conspiracy to speak, in legal, public protests, about the threats to our freedoms. Another ordinary person doing heroic things.
On this day, Remembrance Day, let us not let the heroes go to their graves while the cowards walk the streets. For we are Tommy Robinson, and by losing his freedom he stands to protect ours.