KevS wrote: ↑
Mon Nov 09, 2020 12:50 pm
I wonder about the future of it to be honest. By the late 2030s, everyone who served in it will be gone. By 2055, so will those who can remember it, and by 2100, so will everyone who had any direct contact with either of the above two groups.
It'll be as relevant to the population of 2100 as Crimea or Trafalgar is to us. Will the day continue?
Whilst it's true that the level of interest will diminish as the veterans and their children pass away, there are significant differences between WW2 and the Crimea and Trafalgar
Scale and impact - the Napoleonic wars reshaped Europe, WW2 reshaped the world.
Participation - Only a small proportion of the British population was involved in Crimea and Trafalgar, WW2 affected everybody.
Proximity and tangible evidence - in Britain you are never very far from a pillbox, a WW2 museum or an incongruous 1950s or 60s building in an area dominated by much older ones. Crimea and Trafalgar happened a long way away and the evidence is significantly less.
Lastly, and probably most significantly, the resources - there are millions of hours of video and audio recordings of WW2 and interviews with the participants, this makes life a lot cheaper and easier for programme makers. There's not so much as a still photo of Trafalgar.