The Importance of Continuing Our Remembrance Traditions.

Ninety-nine years may have passed but the importance of Armistice Day continues to be passed on to the younger generations, and rightly so. My three year-old son came home from Pre-School on Wednesday and told us they had “made poppies for the people who had died with the guns”. The following day, he told us that the poppies “were for the people who died in the wars.” Some might argue that three-year-olds are too young to be taught this, but why shouldn’t they be? A few days ago, Simon Jenkins wrote in the Guardian, saying that “This weekend’s memorial to “the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” has become a synthetic festival whose time has passed. We really ought to get over it. N

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