Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Their Name Liveth Forever

At eleven o'clock in the morning on the eleventh of November, a klaxon sounds from the shipyards calling us to a two minute remembrance of the war dead.
At the war memorial, outside the gates of Govan Old, I stand silent.
Carved in marble are the names of the battlefields, Ypres, Somme, Mons. . . A copper plaque states that the monument was "Erected In Memory of the Men of Govan Who Fell In the Great War 1914-1918". Encircled above are Kipling's words, "Their Name Liveth Forever".

I pause and reflect on how true that is, and then sounds the mournful blast of the shipyard horn signalling our return to daily life, 2008.

But I wait a little longer, for again I am conscious of the strong connection between past and present that fills the still, grey green air. Govan can be a time machine for the soul.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As children we ran up and down the steps of that monument time and time again, not really aware of the significance of the memorial.
Thanks for posting the photos.