We are much better at memorials, than preventing the wars that cause them - or looking after their victims. So are they an indication of real remorse and sympathy, or just window dressing, to allow the elite to pretend they care?
Sharing the joke....
“I had nothing to contribute. I played no part. I was on the edge.
Everything around me, grey.
It was the same old feeling, back again.
I was in the middle of the group but I might as well have been a million miles away from these people.”
― Tim Relf,
From The Guardian here: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/09/new-memorial-to-all-involved-in-iraq-and-afghanistan-conflicts
"The Queen unveiled a memorial to the many thousands of UK military and civilians who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Gulf, but there was disquiet among some for the way the event was organised and the presence of the former prime minister Tony Blair.
"A full contingent of senior royals and politicians met 2,500 military and civilian guests as the new memorial, on the banks of the Thames, was dedicated at a military drumhead service on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall, central London.
"As some criticised the fact that many bereaved had not been invited, there was also bitterness over the presence of Blair, who made the controversial decision to take the UK into the Iraq war."
How is it possible that an opening ceremony of a monument dedicated to those that served, and often paid the ultimate price, could overlook the many families that were bereaved and still, on a daily basis, are reminded of the fact without a statue to remind them?
It rather illustrates the harsh reality that lives count for little in the scheme of things in the pursuit of national objectives, or to the people that make the crucial decisions, whether legal or not, moral or not, supported by the people or not.
And now it seems so long ago....