Today is Remberance Day. Homage is due to those who gave their all in World War I and all armed conflict since that time. From reports, it seems it was well supported. In addition to formal events throughout the country, localised observance of the two minutes silence at 11am ssems to have been good. Department stores and supermarkets either shut their doors or ceased transactions, vehicles stopped and drivers dismounted.
I think the idea of such a day is universally supportable. Those who understand our heritage can honour those who died for their beliefs. Anyone with anti-war agenda can also use the scale and effect of the deaths to illustrate their cause. There are sales of red poppies to support care for those who served and are now on hard times. The peace-makers have a white poppy. I have no problem with whatever shade of poppy people wear. I think that someone who died fighting deserves acknowledgement regardless of what I might think of their beliefs and motivation.
One thing we do lack is education as to just what war really entails. To know takes individual effort and research. The way in which soldiers were recruited and banded together based upon geographical asociation meant that whole areas were stripped of an entire generation where the local regiment was one of the many that might experience casualty rates of 75% in the butcher baskets of the First World War,
Some idea of life back then is given a glimmer of publicity in the account of just how the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier was established and, in particular, a flag so very closely associated. I am trying to muster support for the reinstatement of the Flag. Anyone who can help - welcome on board.