Should we continue to commemorate wars? Discuss with reference to specific examples.
Throughout the course of this essay I will be discussing whether or not we should continue to commemorate wars, I will be mainly referring to Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday as my examples because these are the biggest commemorations for any of the wars in British history.
Among all of the ceremonies and silences that occur throughout the year, there is still a tendency for people to forget what they are commemorating and remembering. When we commemorate wars, for example on remembrance weekend, we are remembering tens of thousands of people who died defending the country against evil; we also remember the people who these people loved and the loss that they encountered.
We commemorate Armistice Day because it is 80 years to the day since World War One ended and the two-minute silence is to commemorate this. The silence, says the Royal British Legion, is “to remember the brave men and women who fought so courageously and with such sacrifice to secure the freedom which you and I enjoy today”.
On Remembrance Sunday there is another two minutes silence at eleven oclock. The poppies worn and laid are a mark of respect for those who have died in wars everywhere in our name. Also a march past by veterans from wars symbolises the suffering and pain that goes on everywhere today and that is endured by some many.
Commemoration is a time to reflect on the fact that our entire way of life is predicated on the sacrifices and courage of those that came before us and fought for our respective nations. It takes more courage than most of us can imagine risking ones life for an intangible goal such as victory for a nation. It has long been held that we should honour our past soldiers, to that honour I say that we should add thanks and deference.
I think that commemorations should be an opportunity for all people but especially the young to thank and be grateful for the service of the forces and civilians during both the world wars. The sacrifices made and that are still having to be lived with by some should never be forgotten
These commemorations means to me a time when the memories of those soldiers who gave their lives for the causes of peace are appreciated by people who have benefited from this. As a teenagers it means that I appreciate the freedom given to me, at the sacrifice of soldiers lives, in which to further my education and fulfil my life. I am also in the CCF and have attended and helped at many war commemorations and it fills veterans with joy when they see that some of our generation is continuing to remember these wars and commemorate the people who have dies. You also get a feeling of self-esteem when you think that you have tried to give the people who gave you freedom and opportunity a little something back.
So in conclusion I believe that wars and the people who have fallen in wars should always be remembered because if it were not for them we would not be living in the same world as we are doing now. I also think that the people who are beginning to forget what they have done to secure our freedom should be reminded and be encourage to take a more dominate role in ceremonies that commemorate the fallen people who secured our and other