Memorial as a focal point for Cumbrian remembrance

Whilst watching the news footage last night as people in Cumbria remembered the victims of the shootings last week, I was struck by the fact that in Egremont they gathered round the war memorial for the remembrance service and minute’s silence. It reinforced what I had always surmised – despite the fact that they originally commemorated war dead their remembrance focus can transcend their original purpose at times like this. They are a powerful symbol of remembrance and they can become an integral focal point for a community’s grief when people unite together as a result of tragic events of this type.

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