Teens commemorate war in a modern way

Teens commemorate war in a modern way

Teens commemorate war in a modern way

First published in Letters

LAST week marked the Centenary of Britain’s entry into the First World War.

I am 17 years old and like most of my peers I have never met anyone with direct links to the Great War. Some of us have experience of recent conflicts, but mine is a generation removed from the events that our nation experienced over those traumatic four years.

The term ‘teenager’ came into being after the war.

We are a new group that bridges childhood and adulthood.

Inevitably we don’t share all of the same values of the ‘young men and women’ of that period, some say that we are a more selfish group.

Regardless millions of men and many women of a similar age sacrificed their lives for future generations and for that we remember them.

On Tuesday we did it in a contemporary teenage way.

Instead of the latest holiday ‘selfie’ or status update our social media feeds were filled with photos of ceramic poppies and single burning candles and appropriate quotes.

To our sceptics I say; today’s teenagers do commemorate those who sacrificed so much for all of us during the First World War; we just do it in a modern way.

Olivia Pittman Perham Down

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