Pulpit View

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Anne and I are just back from a two-week break driving in Europe, and one of the reasons we took the car was to visit the grave of my grandfather who died in the early weeks of the First World War when my mother was only a year old.

James Oag went to France as a member of the British Expeditionary Force, and died there on September 14 1914 – almost 100 years ago.

It sets our lives in perspective when we remember those who have gone before us in life – especially when we recall their example to us and their sacrifice for us.

We all know people in our families and community whose lives can be an inspiration to us.

On Sunday we mark the 10th anniversary of the death of local hero Steve ‘Hizzy’ Hislop, with the annual memorial run when hundreds of bikers will leave from Denholm and travel on a route passing many places associated with his life, cut short by a tragic accident. The exhibition of his life in the museum is an inspiration to all who seek to achieve in their chosen field.

May we all find such inspiration from the example and sacrifice of those who have gone before us.