Tuesday was the 100th anniversary of Britain’s entry into WW1 – the ‘Great War’ – the ‘war to end all wars’.
Not a day for celebration, in my opinion. Rather a day to feel pity for the obscenely large numbers of young men who died horrible, futile deaths; to feel sadness that this was in fact only the first of many such conflicts; and to feel shame that nearly 100 years of “Remembrance days” have passed without any real lessons ever being learned.
Also, for all the reasons noted above, I am quite sickened by the UK government’s suggestion that 2014 be some sort of year of commemoration – as if the start of a war is reason for celebration! This anniversary should not be an excuse for flag waving – quite the opposite.
Anyway, that said, here are a few small, tasteful commemorations I’ve noticed (not having sought such things out) from local libraries and museums:
- Advocates Library – Faculty of Advocates website – Faculty and the First World War
- It’s Official! – Official Publications in the National Library of Scotland blog – WWI
- National Library of Scotland – Behind the lines: Personal stories of the First World War
- National Museums of Scotland – Common Cause: Commonwealth Scots and the Great War