Eighteen-year-old SAM POOLE goes to Highbury College and lives at Eastney, Portsmouth. Follow him on Twitter @shjpoole.
On this day 96 years ago, the First World War ended. Today is an opportunity to look back on those who lost their lives fighting wars to protect our nation.
Those who heroically fought for our country and tragically lost their lives won’t be forgotten.
The poppy is worn by many to symbolically express our gratitude and mourn those who have died.
Whatever our journey, wherever we’re from and the place we’re at, we will remember.
Silence is a powerful tool to contemplate, to remember. So on the 11th hour of the 11th day, we will stop what we’re doing and stand silent.
There are people in our communities who have a direct family connection with someone who lost their life in the First World War.
Hearing their memories makes the occasion even more emotive.
It also makes remembrance seem more personal and emphasises the reality of it all.
As young people, very few of us would know of someone who fought in the war.
We wouldn’t know anybody who died in battle either.
Unlike those who do, we don’t have the personal stories that may encourage people to pay their respects.
Nevertheless, that shouldn’t prevent us from keeping alive the stories people have told us.
My grandfather was an officer in the RAF during the Second World War.
I was honoured to know him as I grew up. Sadly, a few years ago he died.
The stories my grandad would tell me about the enemy and the things he got up to made the story of war seem real.
It is my honour to keep those stories alive, to pass them on in the hope that someone contributes to keeping them known.
As young people, we must always cherish the time when an elder person shares something valued in their life.
We should be interested in the stories they share with us and be curious to know more.
I believe the young generation has a duty to keep remembrance alive.
Yes, we can remember. But are we doing anything about it?
Together, young people should actively show their respect towards those lost at war.
Through our determination, we will never forget.
Through our devotion, everybody will understand the reason why we do what we do on this day, every year.
Like me with my grandad’s story, keep experiences alive.
We will remember them.