‘Lest We Forget?’ is an investigative documentary looking into whether historical and military war events have a value and purpose alongside traditional commemorations of war in the 21st Century.
Commemorating war has been a Commonwealth tradition since 1919 when the first Remembrance Day service was held in November, to remember the fallen soldiers of the First World War.
It is now used to also remember those who have died in conflict since the First World War, including the Falklands War, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Remembrance is a sensitive, personal topic to many, and people often choose to commemorate in their own way.
In recent years, these commemorations have expanded to include events such as air shows, vintage events and military vehicle shows and as a result have become increasingly popular with the public.
Thousands of visitors attend these events that take place throughout the year, but as numbers continue to grow, do they still serve a purpose other than to entertain?
Similarly, wartime re-enacting is a popular hobby alongside these festivals and shows and are often heavily featured, yet is there is a risk of glorifying and celebrating war?
Over the course of the next seven minutes, you will hear a range of voices discussing their take on commemorations and war events; from event organisers and Second World War Veterans, to authors and anti-war campaigners… I’ve been asking them all one very important question… Lest We Forget?
For more information about this major multimedia project and a look behind-the-scenes, visit Molly’s ‘Lest We Forget?’ Production Blog.
You can also follow the documentary Twitter page at @LestWeForgetMMP for regular updates and useful links.
For a video tour of the Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum at RAF Manston in Kent with interviewee and Second World War veteran Ron Dearman, click the image below.
By Molly Mileham-Chappell