Remembrance Sunday

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.

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5 thoughts on “Remembrance Sunday

  1. A lovely thought ladies. As it is on a Sunday, I’m at home with my PC & 100wc. My pause for thought was in my study with the radio. I will go for a walk of remembrance though later in the week.

  2. I totally agree with your sentiments about the campaign to leave the poppies in the moat of the Tower. They *have* missed the point. It’s meaningful because its timely – not some sentimental tourist attraction.

    We were en route to the Forest of Dean today when we stopped to pay respects to a Remembrance Day parade through Littledean lead by an old soldier proudly holding a standard. We observed the two minutes silence. Other cyclists couldn’t be bothered, which is a shame. After all, what is two minutes out of a year of your life?

  3. It’s good to remember the hundreds of thousands of men who gave their lives, in appalling circumstances, so we could live in peace. We also need to reflect deeply on the futility of war, and the huge cost, not only in human terms but also to the physical environment. Until everyone learns that war very rarely solves anything and accepts that there might just be other ways, this futile killing will continue. It is so sad and pointless and such a tragedy.

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