Keep remembering them
AS the centenary of the ending of the butchery of the First World War passes, will we continue to ‘remember them’ as we swear at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month?
They are all gone now, those bright young men who answered the call to arms from their country.
What is their legacy when Blackadder Goes Forth – all braying toff officers and thick, economicconscript squaddies – is revered as a documentary; where the ‘lions led by donkeys’ libel on officers who rose through the ranks on merit has common currency?
There is hope. Take Zeitgeist Tours, accomplished specialists guiding Scots schoolchildren through the battlefields where their forefathers wrote themselves into history, bringing the true story to a new generation.
Their lush Tour Pal brochure (which features a great picture of German soldiers reading a captured copy of the Daily Mail) contains as clear a description of how the assassination of a single aristocrat plunged the world into a bloodbath as I’ve encountered.
And a chat with Zeitgeist’s experts about the suffering, sacrifice and camaraderie of the Great War generation – and about modern-day reconciliation – gives me faith that the fallen will still be honoured in another 100 years.