The lesson from the Great War is that freedom is not free

By By James Rogers and Emma Webb

The Centenary of the end of the Great War has elicited a lot of reflection, not just on the war, but on Remembrance Day itself. Was the Great War worth it? What will Remembrance Day become as time increases the distance between us and those who sacrificed their lives for a cause we increasingly fail to comprehend?

The overall impression has been that the generation who must be relied upon to continue the tradition of remembering is one that, for the most part, has spent a lifetime marinating in negativity. According to this perspective, increasingly widespread, the Great War was a pointless waste of life. It was about lions led by donkeys; unwilling cannon fodder ground up in the machinery of modern warfare.


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