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Remembrance Sunday City of lONDON
Remembrance Sunday City of lONDON

To St Paul’s Cathedral for the Remembrance Sunday Service attended by the Lord Mayor of London. While Whitehall fills with the great and the good for the annual wreath laying the City of London also puts on its own commemoration. A smaller and more intimate occasion but one with all thedignity and respect needed for this moment of reflection. Veterans with chests decorated with ribboned medals, bearskin-hatted military band, the St Paul’s Cathedral choir and the full flummery of the Lord Mayor’s office with polished Rolls Royce and accompanying Cadet Force honour guard as well as his own ceremonial musketeers. A day of remembrance for all the military who have fought and died in wars and conflicts around the world. I was taken aback recently by a quote which I now learn is attributed to Saint Augustine, “The purpose of all wars is peace”.

For a fuller reflection on this I found the quote in context (subject to usual internet search warnings as to accuracy and veracity)

“Whoever gives even moderate attention to human affairs and to our common nature, will recognise that if there is no man who does not wish to be joyful, neither is there anyone who does not wish to have peace. For even they who make war desire nothing but victory — desire, that is to say, to attain to peace with glory. For what else is victory than the conquest of those who resist us? and when this is done there is peace. It is therefore with the desire for peace thatwars are waged, even by those who take pleasure in exercising their war like nature in command and battle. And hence it is obvious that peace is the end sought for by war. For every man seeks peace by waging war, but no man seeks war by making peace.




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