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Surely, it’s time to lay rest to the empty, vainglorious memorialising of war | Polly Toynbee7 Nov 11:42am

Surely, it’s time to lay rest to the empty, vainglorious memorialising of war | Polly Toynbee

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The centenary commemorations were intensely moving. But perhaps it’s time to reflect on how long we keep remembrance going Remembrance of things past can be a British burden. As each year passes the memory distorts, rewrites and reshapes wars to suit our current moods and needs: history is usefully pliable. As Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day approach, this is a good time to consider how long we should go on remembering. What is real meaning? Last year, the centenary of the end of the first world war was intensely moving. In some towns young men dressed in uniforms stood gravely outside the houses where a father or son had gone to the trenches, never to return. The
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