Richard North, EUReferendum, has a thought provoking post about war memorials and in particular that marking the Battle of Britain and Bomber Command, posing the question that if we are to have war memorials how about one for Coastal Command. In his post Richard North suggests that there are those who have ‘distinct reservations’ about the proliferation of World War II war memorials.
If we are to have World War II war memorials then how about one dedicated to the civilian casualties who lost their lives during the Blitz; how about one for Air Raid Wardens, the police, ambulance and fire crews who lost their lives – in fact, the more the merrier, I suggest.
If anything might re-awaken a sense of national identity, a sense of national pride, then it would probably be war memorials as they would, it is suggested, just remind the people of how once we were a great nation, how once more we fought for the greatest of all gifts: freedom. The question about the erection of war memorials throws another, what may be termed ‘ironic’ element, into the discussion.
When we have finally succumbed to the ‘Brussels Invasion’ our new Lords and Masters would have, to their eyes, an ‘eyesore – and would then be faced with two options: either they suffered the indignity of gazing at them every day – and bear in mind that they could well serve as ‘rallying points’ – or knocking them down. It is suggested that nothing would rile the people and bring them out on the streets than a group of ‘foreigners’ dismantling memorials to our dead.
In fact, instead of a plethora of ‘Whirly-Gigs’, lets have a plethora of war memorials – let every village, every town, every city, have one for each ‘fallen group’ and let them be adorned with fresh flowers each and every day until the end of time.