Sacrifices of war generation put pandemic into perspective - Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Mrs PS Ogden, Rayner Road, Brighouse.

Wearing a mask is 'no big deal' according to letter writer Mrs Ogden. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Regarding the pandemic, the Second World War was far worse. Perhaps the people of that generation were more adult and responsible. They did what was required of them, tried to help each other and tried to keep cheerful. I asked my mother once “Did you ever think we would lose the war?” “No, never”, was her reply. I’m convinced we won because we refused to give in, although it was hell.

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The lovely Sir Tom Moore fought in Burma against the Japanese. Someone we know who died recently, his early memory was of the Liverpool Blitz. His mum was killed, he lay under rubble for two days with a badly burned arm until he was rescued. He was five years old.

Princess Elizabeth (right) and Princess Margaret make a broadcast to the nation during the Second World War in 1940. Photo: PA.

We will beat the virus if we stick together and help each other. If people are selfish and panic buy you are depriving others of essential things – soap, sanitiser, toilet paper – that they need to fight the virus.

Our NHS (who must be exhausted by now) are doing their best. Let’s help them just by obeying the rules to help others.

Wearing a mask? It’s no big deal! Cutting down on moving around. Is that so difficult now the weather isn’t all that good? Do we really need five holidays a year? Tomorrow will be better if we try not to be selfish. Keep safe, keep happy.

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