Resources include the poems on the poems page of this website and dozens more by contemporary servicemen to be found on the Remembrance pages of The War Poetry website.
A book that is packed with poems, statements about war, and readings. Many are by famous historical figures, many by contemporary service personnel.
Remembrance Poems and Readings
selected by David Roberts
A resource book of poems and readings for remembrance and memorial events - the well-known traditional poems, pieces by classic writers and notable historical figures and many impressive but not so familiar poems and statements by living ex-servicemen and distinguished commentators.
Everyone involved in the preparation of memorial events will find material and inspiration in this book.
When people gather to remember and honour the dead or to think of the survivors of war or other tragedies they may draw strength and perhaps comfort from the powerful, and moving words of great writers - words to share in a communal act of remembrance.
Poems, prayers, declarations, hymns for various occasions
Heartfelt poems, prayers, declarations, hymns - not just for remembrance and memorial gatherings but for funerals and occasions of personal loss.
Thoughts on the great issues of life and death, war and peace by such people as Abraham Lincoln, General Eisenhower, William Thackeray, John Galsworthy, John Milton, the Greek statesman and general - Pericles, Sigmund Freud.
Recent poems by British and American servicemen call attention to the contemporary relevance of this collection.
Invaluable material for all who are involved in organising remembrance events.
The chapters of
Remembrance Poems and Readings
Introduction - (We will remember them, Peace at this time, Understanding remembrance, The changing meaning of remembrance day events, remembrance events today.)
Poems and Readings for Remembrance Events
Forgiveness and Reconciliation
“Why, Soldiers? Why?”
Brothers in Arms
Reasons for War
Patriotism — Popular Patriotic and Uplifting Hymns and Songs
Reflections on War
Messages to Those Remaining
“Say Not Soft Things”
Brief introduction to international law against war
Brief biographical notes on living contributors
Authors’ personal introductions to their poems
Details of remembrance organisations and those offering support for members of armed forces: Remembrance, Support, Peace, Human Rights
Index of Titles and Authors
120 Pages paperback
Published by Saxon Books
£11-95 UK recommended price
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Charter of the United Nations
The Charter of the United Nations is the most important peace documents ever written. It is a tiny booklet and written in plain English.
It is a document of international law that should be studied in every secondary school and college in every country. (I have found students from India who were very familiar with it. "Oh yes," they said, "we all learn about it at school.")
If you read it it is easy to see how some countries often flout international law and do not work within the spirit of the charter.
It contains ideas, which if acted upon, would virtually bring an end to war.