Vast memorial installations are popular, but the most moving tributes are more modest and more real
Four years of official remembering reach their climax on Sunday at the Cenotaph and at humbler memorials all across the United Kingdom. In London Prince Charles will lay the wreath, the Queen will watch from the balcony of the Foreign Office, and the band will lead the parade with its jaunty selection of first world war songs. Big Ben will ring out once again to mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, and the end of a war that has had a tighter grip on Britain’s cultural (though not political) imagination than any other. But as we come to the end of the centenary commemorations, I wonder how much they have changed or enlarged our understanding of this great catastrophe.
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