You might remember the huge interest in the art installation of poppies at the Tower of London in 2014. Throughout the country people were talking about and remembering the 1914 – 1918 War.
This raises the question: how should we remember this War? (or other wars) There is no doubt that the way we remember war has changed.
The day the War ended, began as any other. News of the Armistice (a formal agreement between warring parties to stop fighting), which was agreed for the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, reached Dartmoor slowly.
For example, the people of Cornwood, on the southern edge of the moor, only realised something was afoot when they heard the distant church bells of Plymouth and the ship’s sirens in Torbay.
The Peace Treaty itself wasn’t signed until July 1919 when further celebrations were held across the country to mark the occasion.
Then began the process of communities deciding how to permanently mark the sacrifice made by those who had fought, a process that itself, often took years.
The purpose of this task is to get you thinking about how wars are remembered. Some questions to consider might be:
1. How should we remember this War? (and other wars?)
2. Why don’t we remember the injured the way we remember the dead? Is this right?
Put together a presentation in your group with your reflections on how we should remember this War and others.
On your own or In groups you could think about what type of memorials there are where you live. Is there a cross or cenotaph memorial, a memorial hospital or a victory hall?
p>Your school may have a memorial to former students who lost their lives on military service – where is it? You could photograph or draw it. Note differing designs and which individuals or groups led the funding and building of the hall. p>
The images found in the Resource section will help you to get started.
This task covers elements of Comprehension, Q&A, Discussion and Local research.