Crowds ahead of the dawn service at Canberra’s National War Memorial in 2018. Attendance at the service fell from 120,000 in 2015 to 35,000 in 2019.
The prime minister calls it “our most sacred day”, but numbers at Anzac Day dawn services fell by 70% from 2015-2019.
When it comes to anniversaries we should not just celebrate the good but also take stock of the bad.
Commemoration rituals are superficial tools to deal with the injustices of the Nigerian-Biafran war.
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The crisis of statehood and citizenship confronting Nigeria can only be tackled by committed work around political justice.
A young girl places a candle during a vigil for the victims of the mosque shooting on Jan, 30, 2017 in Québec City. In the years since the attack, little has been done to combat the Islamophobia that caused it.
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Four years after the violent attack on worshippers at Québec City’s central mosque, the federal government has said it will honour the victims with a national day of remembrance.
Mary Wollstonecraft tribute sculpture by Maggie Hambling.
It might have many critics but the statue tribute to Mary Wollstonecraft succeeds in its abstract commemoration of the feminist. Public sculptures could learn from it
Dispatch rider with pigeons leaving for firing line, His Majesty’s Pigeon Service, November 1917, location unknown.
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British poet Wilfred Owen told readers there is no peace for the dying soldier until we fight against the lie that it is sweet and proper to die for one’s country.
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As the Black Lives Matter movement has , statues of figures linked to slavery have been removed. Such actions are just symbolic, however. What is at stake is the systemic transformation of the present.
British singer Dame Vera Lynn popularised the song We’ll Meet Again during the second world war.
Popularised during the second world war, the song has found new resonance during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The statue of Sir John A. Macdonald being cleaned after it was vandalized in Montreal in 2018.
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The vandalism of colonial statues is an expression of political protest against the celebration of settler colonialism in Canada.
Some say Till’s body was dumped from the Old Black Bayou Bridge in Glendora, Mississippi. Others dispute this detail.
Scholars continue to debate what, exactly, happened to Emmett Till the morning of his murder. But that hasn’t stopped a poor Mississippi community from trying to profit off one version of the story.
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How social media is beginning to shape the way the public commemorates tragedies like the Manchester attack.
Indian forces in North Africa during World War II.
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Letters home reveal what is was like to be an Indian soldier in World War II.
Students should be taught to recognise the political, social, and economic factors that influence how a society conducts and participates in memorialisation of the past.
Teaching students to recognise and understanding the political, social, and economic factors that influence how we celebrate Remembrance Day would make them more active citizens.
Martin Luther has always given the country a chance to examine itself. Half a millennium on, the picture is more complex than ever.