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Do soldiers want to be reminded of horrors of war?

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 07, 2014

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I THINK Mr. Oliver has a point in The Bugle about all the Great War commemorations (July 24 edition).

I remember seeing a World War One veteran being wheeled out for yet another commemoration ceremony and he said quite simply during an interview: "They won't let me forget."

That was very powerful and sad as it showed how these brave men were being constantly reminded of the terrors they had lived through.

Many men and women came back from the First World War unable to tell their families of the horrors they had seen or suffered themselves.

Some of them never talked about it. They wanted to forget and to get on with their lives in spite of their recurring nightmares. People mean well but perhaps enough thought isn't given to how the survivors feel or the families who watch films showing their loved ones in the trenches.

The country used to have a dignified two-minute silence on Remembrance Day which showed respect and that the sacrifices weren't forgotten. Now it seems to have grown into an industry. We also have to watch hypocritical politicians laying wreaths at the cenotaph. People don't go to war – only politicians.

If Mr Blair had had to lead from the front with his sons this country wouldn't have gone into Iraq. Spare a thought for traumatised soldiers coming back from other wars since World War One. Do they want to be constantly reminded of their horrors?

Barbara Harris,



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