Last year I commented that a new timing and staging of the Remembrance Sunday service held at Bispebjerg Cemetery gave rise to many thoughts.
Now we are back to the old time but with an altered cast and changes in the stage management and direction.
The Kohima Epitaph is simple: <br>
When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today
The aim of the Poppy Appeal too is simple, but two pronged:
– to the memory of the fallen and the future of the living.
On its website the British Legion states that it is committed to helping everyone understand the importance of Remembrance so that the sacrifices of our Armed Forces past and present are never forgotten. Other Commonwealth organisations like all those associated with the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League have similar aims.
For one Sunday in November each year, diplomacy, protocol, precedence, religious ceremony, and according to FIFA political messages reign, as we stand near the graves of which many are of young men who fell from the skies into a foreign country so many years ago.
With a background in economics one’s reaction is to follow the money or to use the Latin Cui bono? (To whose benefit?) One interesting effect of the savings on the FCO’s canapé budget, is that it is noticeable how people now linger longer in the cemetery after the ceremony, surveying the graves and the wreaths. Another is that although I personally I have nothing against the florists of Copenhagen, it is ironic that they are the ones who now benefit most, and not those who the artificial poppies were originally supposed to benefit?