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What is The Salvation Army?

2 COMMENT AND CONTENTS • WAR CRY • 9 November 2019

The Salvation Army is a Christian church and registered charity providing services in the community, particularly to those who are vulnerable and marginalised. Motivated by our Christian faith, we offer practical support and services in more than 700 centres throughout the UK to all who need them, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation. To find your nearest centre visit

From the editor’s desk MOST schoolchildren who have studied 20th-century history will know that it was at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the First World War came to an end. It is why much of the nation will pause for two minutes at 11 am on Monday in remembrance of men and women who have served in the armed forces, particularly those who have lost their lives. This year is the 100th anniversary of the first Armistice Day. Much has changed within our society over that century. For example, those who stood silently in 1919 could not have imagined a world where most adults have a mobile phone and, through its internet connection, access to the wider world. This year the Royal British Legion is urging people to take a ‘digital pause to remember’ on Monday. Its campaign encourages everyone to take a two-minute break from their mobile devices to reflect on what the day means. In this week’s War Cry, we turn the clock back more than 100 years via an interview with Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse. Michael describes how his novel, which is set in the First World War, was inspired by the experiences of a Great War veteran he met in his village pub. ‘I thought it was important that I shared his story, so people would know what had happened,’ he tells us. Michael also reveals that his Second World War book In the Mouth of the Wolf was based on the tragic experiences of his own uncles in that conflict. ‘There are some stories which last and echo down the generations,’ he reflects. Michael is right. There are stories of events that merit being told and remembered – particularly when they include acts of selflessness and sacrifice. It is why in the coming days, we should all be pausing and reflecting on those who have risked and given their lives for us.

What is the War Cry? The Salvation Army first published a newspaper called the War Cry in London in December 1879, and we have continued to appear every week since then. Our name refers to our battle for people’s hearts and souls as we promote the positive impact of the Christian faith and The Salvation Army’s fight for greater social justice.

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9 November: From the editor's desk  

9 November: From the editor's desk