Forgiven, but not forgotten

poster_05This was Australia’s 11 November 2005 Remembrance Day poster. It shows Australian prisoners of war from Japan arriving in Sydney on HMS Formidable on 13 October 1945. The group includes Private John Towers (on crutches) and Private David Runge (being carried), who lost both legs due to ill treatment in captivity.

My father vividly remembered even worse as he helped some of the most injured and sick POWs disembark from military aircraft in Darwin. We may by God’s grace forgive, but we must never forget.