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This anniversary must be marked; Views of the North.

YOUR article about the First World War memorial in Newcastle called The Response, 1914, reminds us of the celebrations which will soon be upon us to celebrate the centenary of the 1914-1918 conflict.

This was a war which saw the clash of six great empires: the British Empire, the French Union, the Russian Empire, the German Empire, the Hapsburg Empire and the Ottoman Empire. Only the British Empire and the French Union remained intact; indeed they expanded.

How do we celebrate the centenary of "the war to end all wars," as this conflagration was dubbed? However much we may hate war, this anniversary cannot slip by ignored or unnoticed.

We owe this much to those who gave their lives in the fighting.

Do we raise a lofty column in Newcastle in black granite with the major battles picked out in gold leaf, emblazoned with the message: "Their sacrifice was not in vain?" Or do we create a Garden of Remembrance? Or what? What do your readers think? JACK FLETCHER, Chopwell, Tyne and Wear
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 16, 2012
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