WITH Remembrance Sunday and the tragic memories that evokes behind us for another year, the focus remains on the fate of the maimed and injured survivors of the Second World War, not to mention all the subsequent wars and now Afghanistan.
It is reported that Poppy Day raises about £30m to £35m each year. The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes collect funds on an on-going basis and the struggle for money for this essential and admirable cause goes on. Prime Minister David Cameron should be persuaded to contribute the £50m set aside for commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in 2014 to the Royal British Legion. His commemoration plan for 2014 could be construed in some quarters as a cynical ploy to deflect attention from the independence referendum.
Serious consideration should be given to commemoration but also celebration of the end of World War 1 on Armistice Day 2018, which coincidentally falls on a Sunday. That was indeed a day for celebration and should be remembered as such, while the outbreak of the First World War must be seen as a truly dark and calamitous day, better to be forgotten.
Nigel Dewar Gibb,
5 Kirklee Road, Glasgow.
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