Morrow gave the following speech:-
"100 years ago
today Britain declared war on Germany. Along with many communities
throughout our country we are meeting here to commemorate that
This was to be the war
to end all wars yet throughout the 100 years there have been and
still are wars between diverse factions taking place throughout
the world. We have only to turn on our televisions nowadays to be
placed visually in the centre of things and to witness the
appalling consequences of man's inhumanity to man.
Countless young men
and women have left their homes and-families to defend our
country. If they hadn't gone 100 years ago we would not be living
in the peace and freedom which we enjoy. We can never truly
understand what they went through.
Many died, many were
severely injured both physically and mentally.
Families were torn
apart unable to cope with the terribly damaged people who returned
to them. Children lost their childhood .
That has gone on
throughout the century. There are very few of that era still alive
but they live on in the memory of their families. It is right that
we commemorate their bravery. We especially give thanks for all
the people of Verwood who suffered and who died.
We owe a debt of
gratitude to the men and women , who still go to foreign countries
to defend our way of life and our country.
To their families and
friends who grieve for them and care for the injured we give our
thanks. Life cannot be easy at times."