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Today is Remembrance Sunday.

Just another day for Cook-Inn.

Today is a special day, but also a hard day for me.

I come from a military family. I am also half Scots and half German.

So today my thoughts are with all those who lost their lives.

I am very proud of the Scottish National War Memorial within Edinburgh Castle. At the top of Castle Rock stands a building much resembling a church.

This building has two rooms, and as you enter you look across the width of the first room to the gates of Room 2.

Within Room 2 stands a green marble pillar upon which sits a lead chest containing the rolls of honour for the 134,712 men and women who gave their lives in the Great War.

This pillar, which stands below a huge cross, sits at the highest point of Castle Rock to show our great respect and honour for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their nation : their lives.

The C-shaped ‘Room 1’ contains alcoves, naming Regiments, Navy and Air Force.

A time to remember.

Each alcove has a shelf or table containing two books. The first book is labelled 1914 -1918, the second labelled 1939 -1945. If you look at the back of the second book you will find the names of those who fell in the Falklands, Iraq & Afghanistan.

A truly fitting memorial to our families and our national heritage.

I am unsure if this record holds the names of those who fought in the International brigades in Spain, but I would hope so.

Personally I detest and abhor violence, but I also believe that sometimes it is the only answer.

Today I also remember other heroes:-

Robert Owen, 17 Nov 1858.

Mohandas Karamchand “Mahatma Gandhi”, 30 Jan 1948.

Steve Biko, 12th Sept 1977.

Fernando Pereira, 10 July 1985.

Francisco Alves “Chico Mendez” Filho, 22 Dec 1988.

Ken Saro-Wiwa, 10 Nov 1995.

AnjezĂ« Gonxhe Bojaxhiu “Mother Teresa of Calcutta” , 5 Sept 1997

Nelson Mandela, 5 Dec 2013.

Thanks to Morrison’s Portobello. Today we delivered 33 food bags to our service users.

Next week we hope to have hot food on offer again!

With love to all who read this blog.

PS: To the cat-lovers amongst our readership, let it be known that Sherlock Romes – Romany the cat – was 17 years old yesterday! He had a small tuna feast for his cake…

God bless, all.

Duncan and Janine. xx


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