It’s not often that I agree with conservative writer Peter Hitchens. But I really do love the story and sentiment that he expresses in this column:
“Long ago, a retired Serviceman said to me that the least anyone could do, when he saw a war memorial, was to pause and read some of the names on it. It was a tiny thing compared to what the dead had done, but it would in some way help to make their deaths worthwhile.
I have tried to follow this advice. I read the names, often seeing several members of one family listed on a small village cross and forcing myself to imagine what this must have meant.”
I agree, it’s a very important thing to do. I try to read all the historical markers I come across, both for the sake of those whom they commemorate and for my own.
It is important whether the lives were lost in the Revolutionary war to those coming back in body bags today that they not be forgotten.