Keep re­mem­ber­ing them

Scottish Daily Mail - - News -

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.

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