Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Would You Wear Jewelry Commemorating a War or Battle? (The Somme of All Fears)
A pretty pin marking the proverbial bloodiest day in British military history. Would you consider it strange to wear jewelry commemorating a contemporary war or battle, say, the Iraq or Afghanistan wars? the battle of Falluja? Or maybe 9-11.
Probably. But when we stop to think about it, is it really so foreign to us? The American penchant for populism has produced countless t-shirts and bumper stickers marking military campaigns and national tragedies--including 9-11. Military veterans often sport baseball caps noting their units, ships, or the wars they served in. President Clinton and other dignitaries even wore rather incongruous-looking commemorative baseball caps at the signing of the Israel-Jordan peace treaty.
Over on the Tumbler, a look at this Artifact of the Moment involving World War I and soldiers' gifts to loved ones:
Battlefield Bling From the Bloodiest Day in British Military History: The Somme