wow. just wow. although, of course, i have the deepest respect for all those who fought in wars, so we could be free, i'm usually quite personally unsentimental about anniversaries and commemorations etc.
but this has had me in absolute tears!
#wearehere was a public art tribute created by the same group who organised the poppies in the tower display.
yesterday, on the anniversary of the battle of the somme, in which 20,000 british soldiers died on one day, 'ghosts' of those who died ,appeared all over the uk. at railways, in the streets, on the beach.
performed by non professional actors, they didn't speak, but if anyone approached them they gave out cards...
follow the # on sm or just you know google it. so many pictures, and so young.
could we do that now? send tens of thousands of the fight in war?
i don't get mushy about the lost generation, it is history, and so much is visable in hindsight, but this is so moving.
I found this to be very moving, and I only listened to a report on the radio. I know the facts but I still can't get my head around the numbers of men killed in that battle. Awful.
Could we do that now? Doubt it, but also doubt we'd need to. War is different now. Drones, smart bombs etc...I doubt we'd need that many real soldiers...I certainly hope we never need to even consider such a thing again.