In England, and perhaps for many across the world, it is once again the time of year where we remember those who have fallen and wear a poppy to show our support of those dead from war and of those still fighting wars.
For those who are not familiar with the Remembrance Day tradition, it is a day ‘to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts’. Traditionally, Remembrance Day is celebrated on the closest Sunday to the 11th of November but two minute silences are held on both the Sunday and on the 11th, known as Armistice Day. The Nation takes the time around the 11th of November to create memorials, lay and wear poppies which are sold to raise money for The Royal British Legion (which provide welfare for our service men and women, veterans, and their families).
It always makes me incredibly proud to see the effort that everyone puts into showing respect during this time and along with many, I will be having a two minute silence at 11am tomorrow with my poppy proudly displayed.
The reason for this blog post is that I find Remembrance day extremely important and a day that deserves so much respect as do the men and women it commemorates. I could not have posted any other blog so close to the 11th of November.
PS. For more information do not hesitate to visit these websites: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remembrance_Day and http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved
The book I’ve been enjoying this week is Remember, Remember (The Fifth of November): The History of Britain in Bite-Sized Chunks by Judy Parkinson (published in 2008). I picked up this book from The Works (UK book store) and I was interested in it because it’s about history, which I like, and it seemed like a good-sized book, at 191 pages, to just pick up as and when.
I think the book is very good. It gives very brief summaries of historical events but it manages to keep in all the necessary information in for those readers who know absolutely nothing about the event they’re reading about. Although, clearly a book of its size and concept doesn’t have in-depth descriptions for events but it does manage to allow for further reading and for further research if something interesting crops up or for a reader who wants to study a specific event more deeply.
The book is organised into eras such as The Dark Ages, Tudor Britain, Victorian Britain, The First World War and The Second World War. In each era, there are pages of events in chronological order of course, and each event is kept to one side of a page. This allows for learning the history of Britain in a short time and in short brief sections but also allows the book to be put down after reading about one event and not being lost when coming back to read the next. This also means that if one event is particularly boring or not quite what the reader wants, they’ll quickly be onto the next event which will hopefully be more interesting.
As a non-fiction book, I think this is a very cleverly written book which allows for a huge target audience from history enthusiasts to those who have a basic historical knowledge. I strongly recommend this to anyone who wants to start looking into the history of Britain, or just wants a brief outlook of the topic.