100 years to the day since the “War to End All Wars” and the world is still mired in armed conflicts.  With no survivors of that war still alive, and very few from the Second World War, there has been some debate about whether we should continue to remember, and whether the form of such remembrance might change.

I think so long as young men continue to sacrifice lives for their country and it’s politics the act will continue and evolve.  The public response to the Tower of London ceramic poppies has been extraordinary.  Here in the North East I encountered lots of poppy sellers yesterday; some were military cadets as expected, but others were students and ordinary members of the public.  There is clearly a public desire to mark the occasion, and with the deaths of so many British soldiers in Afghanistan it seems stronger than ever and exploring new ways to raise awareness.


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