Dispute over bleak message in new war poem
Do we learn anything from history? As Remembrance Day approaches, poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s new poem about the First World War suggests we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past.
Poppy row overshadows ‘Battle of Britain’
England face Scotland tonight on Armistice Day. FIFA rules that national teams cannot wear ‘political symbols’ but both teams are defying them by wearing poppies. Are poppies political?
The bow that launched a thousand tweets
This time he DID sing the national anthem. But now a storm is raging over Jeremy Corbyn’s very stiff bow at the Cenotaph yesterday. Why is Britain so touchy about remembrance this year?
Pacifists bid for place in war commemorations
The government’s plans for commemorating World War One are under attack on two fronts: to some they seem jingoistic, to others too meek. Was the war necessary, or simply evil?
British bombers finally given London memorial
In World War II, Allied bombs wreaked death and destruction on innocent civilians. Yet the pilots who dropped them were deeply brave. Now they have finally been honoured with a memorial.
Poppy debate blossoms on Remembrance Sunday
At 11am today, the UK will fall silent to remember those who have died serving their country. Poppies will appear on the lapels of people all over the world. But what does the flower mean?
Memorial of attacks ready for grand opening
On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the Twin Towers memorial will open to the public. Monuments like these help us remember the dead - but do they raise more complicated questions?