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Either way, it looks like that's what's going to happen.
Would just be plain insensitive otherwise.
but apparently the First World War was kind of a big deal
but yeah, I think it would be more appropriate to mark the end of it, rather than the beginning.
It's why we celebrated the millenium a year early and all think decades start in the year ending with 0 rather than the year ending with 1. We can't possibly all sit around for four years waiting to commemorate something.
I think that remembering from the beginning emphasises what a waste of life it was from all sides.
remembering all that went before it, than the other way around.
Being cynical, I can see why the Government would want to do it to mark the beginning of the war in 2014, than in 1018...
If I'm being cycnical, all I can see is the government being cynical.
One that we still feel the ramifications from, even now. I think it is important that we do all we can to remember it.
I used to be a bit meh about the whole “remembrance” aspect of the World Wars, until I went to the battlefields. The sheer horror I experienced standing in the cemeteries, with row upon row upon row of graves- still thinking of it now makes me want to cry.
but going there and soaking up the atmosphere etc just sounds like an exercise in sentimental indulgence to me. Nowt wrong with that- I don't mean that to sound like an insult, but I just don't think it should be encouraged on a national scale.
I went as part of an A-Level Module and, despite having studied ww1 literature for a good couple of months before hand, I don’t think I truly comprehended the sheer loss of life till I saw all those graves lined up. The emotion I felt was brutal and far from what I consider sentimental.
And I say that as someone who went not expecting to feel anuthing.
We're still a bit over-obsessed with them as a nation. I expect most people couldn't name a single war before the Hundred Years War and WW1.
Good poetry and all that but still. Seems healthier for a nation to get the shit kicked out of them in the long run. At least then they have to look forward.
Unlike, say the hundred Years War, or even nearer and more famous wars such as the Napoleonic and Crimean wars, the Ramifications of the two world wars can still be tangibly felt by normal people in society.
Plus, there are still people alive who can remember these conflicts.
that no-one knows about. TBF I might rescind that point and WW1 was far more significant than those. Still think it doesn;t do any good to keep on REMEMBERING that war if we don;t learn anything from it.
The only people that REALLY need to learn the lessons of stupid wars and the ones who are in a position to actually wage them. This is all just a tool to make people patriotic and therefore easier to control.