Is it time to forget Remembrance?


By Geoff Lyon, published 31st August 2007

Remembering those who have fallen in active service is an annual event in most schools and communities; the collective memory and respect that Remembrance engenders can enhance a sense of identity and belonging. Acts of Remembrance can be seen as an aspect of citizenship, but how often are they viewed through a historical lens? In this article, Lyon questions whether we fail to apply historical scrutiny when it comes to Remembrance. He realises that such a question could prove controversial, so devises a way of enabling his pupils to discuss the issues in a rational way. The pupils come away with a deeper understanding of remembrance, but also a fuller realisation of their own different thought processes.

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