Archives for Courage

Remembrance: “Courage”

It’s my habit to mark Remembrance Day by posting this fine piece of writing by my father, who at age eighteen was a soldier with the Royal Navy during World War II. A chance encounter with two small boys in the rubble in bombed-out Bristol changed his life. ~Binnie Payzant-Brennan

Remembrance: Courage

Every year around this time I think about writing a piece for Remembrance Day, and every year I reach the conclusion that for me nothing can better express the need for remembrance than my father’s words, written in the year 2000 as a reflection on his own experience during the Second World War. In 1944, having volunteered for the Royal Navy at the age of eighteen, a