Letting Mike Harding’s “Bomber’s Moon” help me remember the War Dead and that we owe them peace.

It’s Remembrance Sunday today, the day when we remember the War Dead in the UK.

My town was full of people, many in uniform, gathering by the Abbey, to ensure that we don’t forget the people the wars killed.

It brought my mind back to a poem written by Mike Harding, called “Bomber’s Moon”. Mike is a singer and comedian, probably best known for his humorous song, “It’s Hard Being A Cowboy In Rochdale.”

He wrote “Bomber’s Moon” in honour of his father, who was killed while flying a bombing raid in World War II, a few days before Mike’s birth.

At the start, the poem seems to be giving the same “brave airmen” view of bomber crews that we saw in propaganda movies in the Forties and Fifties but, by the end, it’s clear that the real focus is on the cost in lives of those fighting and those on whom the bombs fell.

I love the plea in the final verse, set forty years after the death of the aircrew:

’83 in Bomber County
Mrs White dusts the picture and she cries: Chalky White in uniform
Looking as he did the day he died.
And for God’s sake no more bomber’s moons, No more young men going out to die too soon, Old men sending young men out to die, Young men dying for a politician’s lie.

For God’s sake no more bomber’s moons,
No more young men going out to die too soon,
Old men sending young men out to kill.
If we don’t stop them then they never will.

No more – no more bomber’s moons.
No more – no more bomber’s moons.

Today we are being led by politicians who care only for themselves, who lie, who can’t lead or plan but who have military ambitions.

We need to honour our War Dead by making sure these politicians never have the chance to send young men out to kill or die.

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