Is it still important to remember those who died in the First World War?
Although the dead of all conflicts are remembered on Rememberance Day, there is still a strong emphasis on the First World War. We asked ten soldiers if the two-minute silence at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month and the wearing of poppies are still relevant to the modern world.
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Pte Katie Tranter, AGC (SPS)
I think it is still relevant. If
we had not fought in the war the Germans would have won, and there might not have even
been a British Army today. It is a good idea to keep the tradition of remembering the 11th
day. If I had been there I would have been terrified.
W02 Trevor Parry, RA
Everyone who fights and dies for
their country deserves to be remembered. But I dont think we should go on too much
about it. We have got to get rid of the hatred and meet one another half way.
Maj Kate Weir, AGC (ETS)
It is desperately important to
remember. It prevents us from glorifying war. My grandfather fought in France and
survived, but had nightmares every night until he died aged 87. Were so used to
seeing films with macho super-heroes, but we must remember war isnt like that and we
must prevent such madness and inhumanity from ever happening again.
Pte Nicola Hawkins, AGC (SPS)
Anyone who learns about it
would think it is important to remember them. I am 19 years old and to go out on a
battlefield facing certain death at my age would take a lot of courage. When you think
about it, we are still British because of them.
Sgt Mark Dorn, AGC (SPS)
Remembering what happened is a
way to make sure we never return to the atrocities of the First World War. It is something
we have to pass on to future generations. My grandfather died in that war and my father
visits his grave in France every year.
Pte Sara Gill, AGC (SPS)
Its not something that
people should be forced into and each person can make up their own minds about it. Before
I joined the Army I did not think about it that much, but now its important to me. A
lot of people died for what we have now; we should respect that.
CSgt Michael Vincent, D and D
Young people cannot relate to
people fighting for their country, so they ought to be informed and helped to understand
what happened so it wont happen again Every one should be remembered, up to the
Falklands and the Gulf, as well as the wars before the First World War.
Maj Ian Waller, AGC (ETS)
I dont think we should
ever forget. Remembrance Day gives us a bit of focus and reminds people that the Army is
not just about standing on Horse-guards in smart red uniforms. I think there has been a
bit of momentum with more and more people observing the silence.
Sgt Sharon Potts, 4 KOSH (V)
We should learn lessons from history rather than forget it. If you go to the Imperial War Museum and read about the First World War it is almost as if you were reading the news of today. It brought it home to me that this happened 80 years ago and now it is happening again. We must remember what those people did and not make the same mistakes.
CpI Nev Armitage, AGC (SPS)
It is important to remember them. They were the ones who fought to put the great" in Great Britain. People sometimes ask why we need an army but when they remember the soldiers of the First and Second World Wars they can understand what the Army today is really about.