It’s very late and only my commitment to blogging each day of November has brought me here.
Tomorrow is Remembrance Sunday. There is a new installation in Trafalgar Square which I think is a bit naff. It reminds me of the sort of stuff you get in totalitarian regimes.
The moat at the Tower will probably have thousands of visitors.
Maybe it’s time now to be personal; to go to the small, local memorials and read the names there; remember how communities were sundered when the young men left and did not return.
The jingoistic tone some of the tabloids have started adopting, campaigning for the poppies in the moat to remain longer than planned, I find it distasteful, and I feel they have missed the point.
The First World War lasted four years. We have four years of centenaries. Throughout it would be good to reflect and learn. Wars have not stopped. Refugees still need asylum. Cities need rebuilding. Families are still fractured.
Maybe by 2018 we may have some ideas for how to achieve lasting peace.
Lest we forget.