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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

RENE MOUCHOTTE

Date: 27th August 2010

RENE MOUCHOTTE

Today is the Anniversary of Rene's death and I made a visit to Capel-le-Ferne to pay my respects to the Few, to Rene, and the other Frenchmen who fought for us in World War 11.  There were only a few French but I felt they could have chosen the easy option.  Their country had been overrun and they didn't have to fight.   I don't know the background of the other French pilots whose names are on the Memorial Wall at Capel, but Rene came from a wealthy family and could have just sat out the war in relative safety,  yet he felt it his duty to fight as he declares in his Diaries and, of course, he paid the ultimate price for his honour.

That is what gets to me every time I visit the Memorial - the youth of so many of those named on the wall - many were hardly more than boys.  They fought so that we would be free - if there is an afterlife, I wonder if they'd actually think it was worthwhile when they survey the kind of country in which we live today!  To where have respect, shame, honour and a work ethic disappeared?  Gone into the ether!

What was good today was to see quite a few visitors - I usually have the place to myself.  Perhaps its because of the 70th Anniversary and the publicity its received.  However, most of the visitors were of the older generation.  Although the Memorial remains open, the little cafe and information centre selling memorabilia, closes at the end of September and doesn't open again till April.

I can do no better than quote Sir Winston Churchill's immortal words 'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few'.

R.I.P.  Rene - The older generation do appreciate the sacrifice that you and thousands of Soldiers, Seamen, Airmen and civilians  made.  I'm glad I was born when I was - wouldn't like to be starting out today.

I do apologise that the Gallery is so woefully out of date but I really don't know where to start there's so much to upload onto the site.  Ah well, I've nothing much to do over the Bank Holiday so maybe I'll dedicate a few hours to uploading photos.

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