How are the soldiers remembered ?
Teachers’ Briefing Notes.
The rejoicing and relief that the war was over was tempered by the appalling casualty statistics. The older children may be able to take some of the gruesome details, but I think an emphasis on remembrance, and perhaps reconciliation, would be more fitting for this age. I expect they will all know about poppies, so the full story of Moina Belle Michael, the Poppy Lady should appeal to them. This could lead on to the Royal British Legion , which in turn could be followed by Toc H, St. Dunstans, Guide Dogs for the Blind , and other nation’s Veterans’ Associations, who undoubtedly will have their own web sites.
Continuing the theme of reconciliation consider exploring German veterans’ associations. We started with Fovant Badges and we have now come full circle to close with them. Of the twenty or so badges that have at one time or other existed on the hill, only eight are now visible. Some were impermanent, others faded with time and of recent years others have been allowed to grow over as the exorbitant costs of maintenance spiraled even further. The difficult choice of how many badges to preserve obviously depended on available funds, and ease of access was the deciding factor concerning which ones to keep. See the Fovant Badges Society website. Like countless cemeteries and memorials worldwide, our Badges stand in commemoration of millions of people who lost their lives in wars. World War I was called ‘the war to end all wars’, since when we have entered into war again and again and again … get the children to name them. Point out to the them that no one wins in war – everyone loses in some way or other. Get them to think, then talk about it.
13th July 2012
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10 November 2012