With Remembrance Sunday almost upon us again, it's time to pay homage to the tragic dead to whom we owe our very freedom.
Sadly, it's also time to remember something that struck me a few years ago and continues to niggle me every time I see a war memorial dedicated to those who lost their lives in World Wars I and II.
The sentiments read "To those who gave their lives."
That is all very well for those who genuinely did give their lives. While we are quite rightly eternally in their debt, I would also like to point out that others had no choice. They were conscripted.
In their memory, let's amend the wording to: "To those who gave their lives and to those who had their lives taken."