Brothers in Arms
The American television is awash with programs recalling the events of World War One. I suppose we should expect this, given that the war started 100 years ago this past August. In England Remembrance is not a passing event.
I happened to be in England for Remembrance Day a couple of times in the past 30 years. I have a vivid memory of standing in a circle in the town square of Canterbury sometime in the 1980’s listing to veterans, of the Second World War presumably, possibly the First, reciting the poem that ends each stanza with we will remember. One old soldier collapsed in the moment.
Meanwhile the war dead are remembered at all times throughout the whole of England. Take for example this cross I encountered in York Minstry this summer, recalling a post war campaign nearly everyone else has forgotten, this one in 1947 in Malaysia.
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