Many people may be too busy in their day-to-day lives to pay attention to the many occasions and ceremonies that surround remembrance dates throughout the year.
Many of us will find that remembering those who have fought for our freedom doesn’t affect our everyday lives as much as we think it will.
In fact, many experts say that we rarely think about war or the history that preceded it. That history can often be tainted by false memories and memories that are based on revisionist perspectives.
We are largely unaware of this history because it is based on the interpretation of historians and others who are not always subject to the same type of peer review scrutiny that we conduct in our writing and editing.
We are aware of this history, but it can be a source of troubling, confusing and contradictory narrative.
In order to understand this history, you need to have access to historians who are subject to the same level of review as the writer and editor.
There are those who would argue that history should not be subject to such scrutiny. History is more easily manipulated than any other form of literature. We do not have a few hundred years of debate about that, so why would we need that with our history?
We should stop trying to simplify this complex history into a simplified version that makes it sound easy. Perhaps historians and writers should be subject to the same type of peer review that we would give to the writers and editors who cover our stories.