Magazine article highlights the resonance of Second World War commemorations in Cassino, Rome and Normandy

Cassino War Cemetery south of Rome

An article about the contemporary resonance of Second World War commemorations following recent remembrance events in Cassino, Rome and Normandy has been published by The Tablet,  the London monthly magazine.

“But as moving as these events may be, questions will be asked about their future with increasing frequency,” article — written by Irish Brigade website co-founder Edmund O’Sullivan — says.  “Most eyewitnesses of the events between 1939 and 1945 like my father have now gone. It won’t be long before their children will fade away too. How relevant is the martial nature of war remembrance to younger generations for whom the Second World War is dusty history?”

“The 80th anniversary next year of the end of the Second World War is an opportunity to refresh our approach to remembrance to make it relevant to the times and the future. In hindsight, we can see that May 1945 was not the end, but the beginning; the start of an era of peace that those we remember paid for. So perhaps Victory in Europe Day should henceforth also be known as Peace in Europe Day, a moment to be celebrated by all with joy.”

 

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