Star Letter: Let us remember all faiths and none who lost lives

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh during a visit to the Tower of London's Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh during a visit to the Tower of London's Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation.
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I saw a brief item on TV news which showed a group of Muslim women wishing to honour the war dead.

They were wearing headscarves all carrying the poppy symbol. They spoke movingly of the need to acknowledge debts to those who lost their lives in all those conflicts.

I learned that a soldier called Khudadad Khan was the first soldier of the Indian Army and the first Muslim soldier to win the VC in WW1.

Of course there were many other men and women, representing a wide range of beliefs, (and some who had no belief) who risked, and in many cases lost their lives.

Anybody attending the Remembrance Day ceremony will hear just one of these faith systems represented – a faith that is now observed by a minority of the population.

I hope that all those who attend on Sunday, whatever their belief, will stop and think that this is not an inclusive ceremony.

I will be there with a wreath from Defence Humanists that now represents many serving military personnel who have declared “No Religion”.

At the request of Defence Humanists the wreath will be placed by an ex-services member of Sheffield Humanist Society.

Mike Granville

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