Rebecca Jackson

student

I have just returned from a school History to the battlefields in Ypres salient and the Somme. This trip opened my eyes to the realities of war and made classroom learning come alive. Visiting graveyards such as Theival and Tynecot allowed me to recognise the importance of this modern memorial.

Rebecca Jackson

student

Unknown Soldier…
You’re at rest now. You are just one of many that never returned. You fought for your country; you fought for your friends, your family, for us. You were someone to someone, a brother, a husband, a father. You died not knowing that you won the war but we lost you and many more like you. You were out in trenches, in different countries full of mud and bugs making sure your country would go unharmed. You will never know the true appreciation that is given to you for your dedication. The memorials that in place for you and your fellow soldiers, the graves, the ceremonies that take place… you will never know. Seeing the graves and memorials with the names of the missing, wondering how each family felt after knowing that their brothers, sons, fathers weren’t coming home, knowing that your family maybe felt the same. After being in an old trench seeing the surroundings wondering what it would have been like for you. Going through the passages in the dark wondering what it would have been like with explosions and gun fire going off every two seconds. You have experience where as I can only imagine. Wars today are so much different compared to your war. Technology has changed so much and everything is much more advanced. Who knows, if things were more advanced then maybe you would have came home. We are truly grateful, I only wish you knew how grateful. You have shaped the world into how it is today. We would have so much less. Who knows if we would even be here? You have been gone for nearly 100 years but your memory will live forever.Thank you unknown soldier for if it wasn’t for you the world would be so different.

Rebecca Jackson,
Alloa Academy,
Scotland

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