Speech by David Geddes
on 25 May 2013
at the Memorial stone to 7
airmen of LAN R5679
På dansk Updated:
14 JUN 2013
See Lancaster R5679 Memorial Unveiling, a webalbum by David Geddes with many photos.
Campbell, a Scottish poet, who helped start the University of London,
and was Rector of Glasgow University from 1826-9, and was buried in
Poets Corner in Westminster Cathedral, wrote these lines into his poems in about 1799.
“To live in hearts we
leave behind, is not to die.”
The conversation we are having today by being here, concerns remembrance, truth and sympathy.
It is important that we remember, the unjust and dreadful things that start a conflict, and the sacrifices made so that good can and does prevail.
Truth is hard to find if we
do not communicate well. The pain in my household over the loss of Sgt Pilot
Lewis Morrison, was so great, that the events of 1942 could
If Gudrun Laigaard had not
spoken to the reporter from the Viborg Stifts Folkeblad in 2009, I would
never have been able to unravel the complex story that brings us
And if we do not communicate
with our children and grandchildren, then how can we ever expect them to
have the sympathy for the truth that brings us together
When we all engaged with
finding the truth about this mission, its crew, its training, and their
families who meet today for the first time, we found a sympathy for
But this story would not have
become known, but for the persistence of the dedicated Danish air-war
researchers, the journalists who have run the story, and
So I wish on behalf of all
the families of the crew, those here, those unable to be here - some in
Canada, and those descendants who do not yet even know of this
“To live in hearts we leave
behind, is not to die.”
This is a proud and pleasing moment, that I for one, shall remember amongst the best moments of my life.
“We will remember them . . . “