1 NOVEMBER 1930, Page 3

War Memorials and Sincerity

The suggestion of the British Government to other nations that official envoys should no longer consider it an obligations to lay a wreath upon the tomb of the Unknown Warrior in any country which they visit has been sadly misunderstood. The Daily Herald said that the object was to " eradicate memories of the Great War." What sense would there be in our War Memorials if they were not to perpetuate these memories ? The Govern- ment were innocent of any such foolish intention. They had noticed that the laying of a wreath was rapidly becoming a matter of routine for official visitors, and they reasonably feared that what was regarded as obligatory was in danger of becoming insincere. We certainly prefer to know that whoever deposits a wreath at a

memorial does so of his own free will.

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