Memorial Sunday (part 2)
Orkney remembers its soldiers properly and honourably. This week's Orcadian has a double spread on the Remembrance ceremonies at all our war memorials.
On the Monday after the ceremony, Johnny Thomson, the elder who led the ceremony, popped by to say that it might be a good idea to send the pictures I took to the Orcadian. We had coffee and a chat and after he left, I did as asked. So now I'm a "published photographer" as our paper used my photos (and indeed my words from the email I sent with the photos)!
Finally, in reply to Stephen's comment in the earlier post – yes, Elder Johnny Thomson made an excellent job of the ceremony. He read proper prayers and not the wishy-washy gumpf about peace and lurve that was dished out through gritted teeth by the woman priest last year, all done with body language advertising that she would prefer not be doing this at all. The prayer was:
Let us remember before God, and commend to his safekeeping, those who have died for their country in war; [those whom we knew, and whose memory we treasure;] and all who have lived and died in the service of the peoples of the world.
Then the Lord's prayer and job done.