Monday, 2 November 2015

Musing on the Fallen.

It’s that time of year – approaching Armistice Day. The ad for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal reads:

The British Legion is not just for the fallen, but also for those who are living on.

‘The fallen’ is both a euphemism and a highly emotive phrase, and both functions are consciously overlooked in the message. This is probably as it should be.

My daughter had a child who was stillborn. The child fell early and was granted her very own grave, while the rest of us lived on.

What is one to make of it all?

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