Too many War Memorials?

Too many War Memorials?

Why have war memorials been rebranded as something for everyone, no longer just for veterans or survivors, no longer the dead expressions of state patriotism, but popular, and even somehow spontaneous, contemporary, urban places to be?

A cynical way to put this would be to say the Holocaust saved memorials from fusty associations with Chelsea Pensioners and politicians in greatcoats.

Now we seem to think every terrorist attack puts us in the same rank of suffering as the generations of 1914-45. In reality, our century is, so far, an easy one for Europeans and Americans; to imagine we reel from our own little Verduns and Stalingrads is as dangerous as it is nonsensical. At the Museum of London a book of remembrance for the victims of the July 7 2005 bombings is displayed as if this was the most terrible event in the history of a capital that has survived the blitz and the plague.

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