Vera Lynn, the forces sweetheart and voice of probably the most famous to songs in British history We'll Meet Again and The White Cliffs of Dover reached the grand age of 100 today.
This seems a fitting time to remember all those who fought for and died for our freedoms in an age where growing intolerance, conflict and even genocide is abroad. Today's Nazi's and Fascists don't come from Germany, Italy and Japan but they exist and they may express their hate in a different format but their victims still suffer the same tortures and die the same deaths.
Even the spectre of anti-Semitism raises it's ugly head again.
But the Yazidis, the Christians, the Kurds and all those that live in fear of the fundamentalist heel know full well the consequences of appeasing the enemy.
Peace can only be built by being prepared. A lesson that should have been learned in 1939. But still the politicians have failed us.
The world is full of fools and maniacs from Trump and Putin to Kim Jong-Un and the Mad Clerics of Iran & Saudi Arabia.
Our only defence is free speech, the root of all human rights. Use it don't lose it to the fools and sycophants of the far-left, far-right and religious fundamentalists.
Our ancestors stood up and paid the price. We cannot casually throw away our freedoms to those who would lord over us.
Stand up to the despots at whatever level of life you find them.
The bullies are cowards who can and will be beaten.