Thursday, November 1, 2012

November: A Month to Remember

Dear Readers,
I hope you had an enjoyable Halloween and that autumn is being kind to you. Now that we've moved into November (this year seems to be going by so quickly!), Ghosts of 1914 will feature a special theme. Which is...

Horace Nicholls. Whitehall Cenotaph, London, shortly before its unveiling Nov. 11, 1920. © IWM.  Item Q 31488 


November, the month of Armistice and Veterans' Days, is an apt time to reflect on war and peace and to be grateful for those who have served. It is a time to think of military personnel who have been lost in past and present conflicts and to consider helping their comrades who have returned home. Remembrance is not just about nostalgia and it does not necessarily involve an extended backward glance into history. We can remember right where we are, in our own communities, and we can make remembrance an act of service.

With these thoughts in mind, posts this month will focus on the theme of commemoration as it relates to the Great War, something that figured prominently in my (recently-completed) dissertation. I will also be posting information about remembrance-related service opportunities and resources for readers to consider. I am not professionally affiliated with any organization, so my suggestions will just be ideas that I've come across and want to pass along. Feel free to contribute your own in comments.

Thank you for reading and stay tuned for more about remembrance and the Ghosts of 1914.

© Fiona Robinson

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