“When I attended the commemoration of the 60th anniversary, some thought it might be the last…but the wartime generation, my generation, is resilient.”
‘The Fallen’ has become synonymous with the act of remembrance, but the origins of the poem are less well-known.
Imagine if they raised money to help honour the soldiers who answered Britain’s call during two world wars – thus showing more than anger and resentment.
The erroneous assumption that hostile states were no longer relevant has rightly been abandoned. Now our Armed Forces need the resources to meet the challenge.
Unlike statues of Confederates in the US, the memorials to these icons of British history should stay.
Unless we know our role in the world, we cannot have a strategy. And without a strategy, we cannot suitably design our armed forces.
Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and the rest are commemorated for one thing and one thing only: attempting to destroy their country in the name of slavery.
We have always been a maritime nation, and this major investment in the Royal Navy demonstrates our commitment to defending British interests.
“Although the sacrifice was enormous, it was fought in a good cause…to defend the freedom that we enjoy today.”
“It is wonderful that you are releasing an album on March 17 to mark your 100th birthday. Why have you decided to do this?”
Our folk memory of World War Two is based as much in cinematic fiction as in real history. But that’s pretty hard to explain to our European neighbours.
The sacrifices of our forefathers should inspire us to step up and serve, in our own ways.
Commemorating the contributions of ethnic minorities to our military can inspire future generations to stand up and serve.
Subadar Khudadad Khan was one of the 400,000 Muslims who volunteered to serve the Empire during the First World War.
Their country rewarded them by taking the lives of their wives and children, their mothers, sisters, fathers and brothers.