The things we can’t forget this Remembrance Day
Alexei Sayle, writing for The Canary:
It seemed to me to be, by and large, with the ceremony at the centontaph and the laying of wreathes and the aging veterans with their medals, a solemn, healing meditation on the cost, pointlessness and suffering of war. But in recent years all that has begun to change. Nowadays, while ex-military people form a substantial part of the homeless and prison populations and military charities squat on huge amounts of money they refuse to spend, Remembrance Day has become all about competitive giant poppy wearing.
On a related note, the video There’s Something Wrong With Remembrance over at Novara Media strikes a chord with me, too.