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Put war monument back in place
10:36am Friday 27th September 2013 in Your Say
I WOULD like to say to your readers return the WW1 monument back in front of the Guildhall by November 2014 and no later, because the rest of the country is planning the following to mark 100 years since the beginning of the First World War in 2014: a) A wreath-laying service at Glasgow’s Cenotaph following the special service for Commonwealth leaders at Glasgow Cathedral.
b) An event at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, Belgium – which has an equal number of British and German soldiers, and it is where the first and last Commonwealth casualties of the war are believed to be buried.
c) A candlelit vigil of prayer and penitence at Westminster Abbey finishing at 11am — the moment war was declared.
The centrepiece of the commemorations will be the reopening of the Imperial War Museum, London, following the £35 million refurbishment of the First World War galleries.
There will be also a £10 million programme of cultural events as part of the centenary commemorations over the four years.
The big hit of 1914 was the war. On all sides men rushed gaily to arms, sent into battle by their parents and their women.
Few doubted that war would be a refreshing, confirming national experience.
But there were some – and, as the short, sharp contest turned into years of inglorious carnage, there came to be many more – who saw the internecine struggle as proof that the capitalist system and the government and social structures dependent on it failed.
This of course, put substance behind why the Andoverians put it in front of the Guildhall in the first place.
Write to your MP and he, no doubt, will agree to follow his government’s dictate at this local level on this WW1 remembrance for 2014.
Russell KC Tarrant,