“Why We Should Never Forget Those Who Fought and Died to Defend Our Freedoms"

Published Jul 31, 2017

"Only through the bravery and sacrifice of those who fought the ‘war to end all wars’, have we secured the freedoms we all enjoy today. Therefore, as citizens free from totalitarianism, we should remember them.” Mike Hookem MEP, UKIP’s Veterans Spokesman spoke as the nation pauses today to mark 100th years since the start of the Battle of Passchendaele.

Speaking from his home city of Hull, Mr Hookem continued, “In a war known for its unprecedented level of slaughter, the Battle of Passchendaele stood out as one of the bloodiest; with 500,000 men and women lost to the bullets, shells, and the sucking mud of Flanders fields.”

And while the echoes of the guns and the screams of the wounded fade into history, everyone in Europe today has reason to be grateful to those who fought, those who died, and those who survived."

For it was these brave men and women, who not only secured the freedoms that we enjoy today through their sacrifices; but also, picked up the shattered pieces of our respective nations and began to reshape our societies in the post-Great War era.”

Today, as we navigate towards a future outside of the European Union, we should always remember the great battles of the past, which saw such prolific waste of life.”

We should always remember that even in the politically contentious times ahead, we should always seek to resolve our difference through dialogue and discussion, rather than bombs and bullets.”

It is only through our remembrance of these past brutalities that we can ensure the lessons taught to us through our nation's sacrifice remain learned and never repeated.”

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