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in memoriam

BACK in October 1918 there was little enthusiasm for marking the first anniversary of the Armistice. After all, the troops had had their Victory parade just three months before; the injured veterans were busy enough trying to make ends meet in the face of government indifference, and most just wanted to get on with their lives. In any case, commemorating a mere Armistice, as opposed to the end of a war, seemed a bit feeble. As we now know, the lovers of pomp and ceremony got their way. All the same, there was some uncertainty about the form the event should take, and even anxiety that it should not be seen as the first of future annual events – strictly a one off. But here we are, 90 years later…. |full article