The Church of England plays a central but slightly awkward role in commemorating war dead. In the everyday life of England’s bustling, multicultural cities, the existence of an established church, historically privileged but commanding the active loyalty of only a small minority, can seem like a curious anachronism. But at certain occasions and seasons, the Church of England comes into its own as a focus of national emotion.
One such time is the national remembrance of war dead, which takes place every year around the anniversary of the armistice that ended the first world war, which came into effect on 11th November 1918. This year’s commemorations have an added poignancy because a century has passed since the guns fell silent….
During an outdoor church service a British chaplain plays violin for the HQ staff of the British 8th while they sing traditional songs somewhere around El Alamein, Aug 1942. rw. See more: https://t.co/uWQKv8L7EC pic.twitter.com/GWGERmMWm9
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