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    TELL THE CHILDREN

    A Special breed of men my friend - a special breed of men,
    Iím talking of the convoys and remember once again,
    Seventy years have passed proving what we owe,
    Our debt is all the greater from all those years ago.

    Our Mariners endured, intrepid and low paid,
    With stubborn sense of purpose carried on their trade,
    Still they served our country sailing there and back,
    Hauling vital cargoes in times that looked so black.

    These doughty Merchant Seamen knew their cruel fate,
    If struck by cunning sea-wolves lurking there in wait,
    If they lived to tell their story and strived to stay afloat,
    They struggled on with hardships aboard an open boat.

    Life goes on of course, we age, and youngsters grow,
    Ask them about the convoys find out what they know,
    Show them our Red Duster, explain our island race,
    Shed light upon the Nelson touch and put the seamanís case.

    Spell out the wartime rations and shortage of supplies,
    Clarify the fight they had risking of their lives,
    Tell them of the oceans and lifelines to supply,
    Our Children have their freedom and should know the reason why.

    Joe Earl
    "Our veterans did not forget about us .... Let's not forget about them." From Michael Levesque

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    'The young generation should know': Britain's forgotten Merchant Navy heroes

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    "Our veterans did not forget about us .... Let's not forget about them." From Michael Levesque

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith at Tregenna View Post
    TELL THE CHILDREN

    A Special breed of men my friend - a special breed of men,
    I’m talking of the convoys and remember once again,
    Seventy years have passed proving what we owe,
    Our debt is all the greater from all those years ago.

    Our Mariners endured, intrepid and low paid,
    With stubborn sense of purpose carried on their trade,
    Still they served our country sailing there and back,
    Hauling vital cargoes in times that looked so black.

    These doughty Merchant Seamen knew their cruel fate,
    If struck by cunning sea-wolves lurking there in wait,
    If they lived to tell their story and strived to stay afloat,
    They struggled on with hardships aboard an open boat.

    Life goes on of course, we age, and youngsters grow,
    Ask them about the convoys find out what they know,
    Show them our Red Duster, explain our island race,
    Shed light upon the Nelson touch and put the seaman’s case.

    Spell out the wartime rations and shortage of supplies,
    Clarify the fight they had risking of their lives,
    Tell them of the oceans and lifelines to supply,
    Our Children have their freedom and should know the reason why.

    Joe Earl
    As it used to say over the entrance to Maritime building in Hull, "Seamen, a nation unto themselves"

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