Giving our children reason to remember

Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume
Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume

I was listening to a discussion on the radio this week concerning Remembrance Day and the growing number of youngsters now paying their respects.

The reason, it was suggested, is that most of today’s teenagers have grown up knowing someone whose relative has served – and sometimes died – during a conflict.

They had a point. When I was at school, the Second World War was but a distant memory and few lives were being lost in foreign battlefields.

Fast forward a few years and we had the Falklands, Iraq, Afganistian ... the list goes on.

It’s great that the youth of today are taking more of an interest in those who made the ultimate sacrfice; just extremely sad if it has taken other wars for this to happen.

However, I think we are selling ourselves short if we accept this as the only reason.

In this job, I have seen some of the great work local schools and groups are doing to keep the memory of the two world wars alive.

Grangemouth air cadets did a phenomenal amount of fundraising for a replica Spitfire as a tribute to fallen airmen while schools regularly send pupils on trips to Auschwitz.

Their work cannot go unrecognised.