Your mom might soon be getting a medal for her WW2 war service.
For several years, campaigners, including several members of Parliament have been urging the British Government to issue a medal in recognition of the vital contribution made to the winning of both world wars by civilian war workers, and in particular to the munition workers, whose job was physically demanding and arduous, and often extremely dangerous, and most of whom were women.
This year, on Remembrance Sunday, at 11a.m. on the 11th November 2012, for the first time, a poppy wreath was laid at the Cenotaph in Whitehall in London, to commemorate the wartime munition workers.
A parliamentary committee is currently considering the issue of a medal to wartime munition workers.http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/07/a23115...http://www.itv.com/news/central/2012-11-09/war-heroines-reme...http://www.robertflello.com/#/munitions-workers/4542039105http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2170652/Women-war-mun...http://www.dgstandard.co.uk/dumfries-news/local-news-dumfrie...http://www.itv.com/news/border/2012-11-09/world-war-2-muniti...http://www.histomil.com/viewtopic.php?f=95&p=73487http://www.sallysbadges.com/shop.php?c=90
Hard to imagine ones mother doing that sort of thing, isn't it ?, but they did, and it's not really so long ago, less than one person's lifetime.
Look around at all of the modern gadgetry and ways of life and the ways of doing things today that everyone takes for granted, if they hadn't done what they did, most people wouldn't be around today to experience modern life.
They deserve a bit better than being shoved into a care home and so on, and most of them don't get the credit or reward that they deserve.
The old man or woman shuffling along on their zimmer, and how many people realise that without them, they might not be around today. ?