Remembrance Day 2010
Most people reading this are, I think, aware of the basics of Remembrance Day (Veteran's Day in the US), which comes around every November 11.
Not every country commemorates Remembrance Day, of course. As a rule of thumb, it is a special date particularly for those countries who participated in the 1914-1918 World War (November 11, 1918 being the day on which the armistice officially ending hostilities on the crucial Western Front took effect), a specialness reinforced given that almost all of them ended up taking part in the 1937-1945 World War (yes, that is a deliberate date choice, more on that later). Remembrance Day's significance is enhanced by the subsequent participation of commemorating nations in conflicts, UN peacekeeping, and military readiness through the Cold War, and down to the present with the interventions in the former Yugoslavia in the '90s and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq (and to a lesser extent, Somalia) today.
I would like to touch on, in this post, a review of some pieces of music related to the commemoration Remembrance Day itself, to events associated with the themes of the day, and with other cultural artifacts (namely, cinema) that also touch on the themes of Remembrance Day.