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A memorial to the Highland Regiment at Beaumont Hamel on the Somme.

A memorial to the Highland Regiment

Six by Three

This poem, by Jon Brown from the Chase High School in Malvern, urges people to remember, not to forget.

Jon Brown from the Chase High School

Jon Brown

Under masks of marble
Lay befallen men are kings
Enthroned in deathly lodgings
Their kingdom six by three.

These men once wore smiles
Now the Savour's cross
The only beacon
To a legacy long forgot

Their crest their homely honour
Their love and lives the cost
For protecting their one home nation
From a mighty earth binding loss.

"Water under the bridge" they say
As gravestones wear away
And soldiers of chaos will rise up
On Armageddon's day.

For now our kings will lie there
Forever six foot down
Enthroned in mighty memories
Their kingdom
Six by three

Jon writes

This poem is written to tell people you need to remember not to forget. To forget is unjust to the unheard and unremembered of those "known only unto God". To forget is to be disrespectful of those who died to save you, here and now. Many people who read this will think, I remember, I am respectful. But now I ask you, out of 525600 minutes in a year, how many of those do you remember? Those who died. Died for a reason. Their Valour, their Honour, their love, their religion. But most of all these men died for... their country and you!

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