Yesterday, I took part in a meeting organised by Scottish CND which reflected on the events of World War 1. It also discussed how to build the peace and solidarity movement in Scotland, Britain and across the world. There were key speakers talking about a century of militarism, the role of the US in Asia and the experience of Venezuala.
In remembering World War 1, it should be recognised that Glasgow was a major military recruitment centre with over 200,000 men joining the armed forces between 1914-1918, either as volunteers , or from January 1916, as conscripts. In addition, the industries of the Clydeside such as shipbuilding, steel and engineering were directed overwhelmingly towards the war effort.
It is essential that acknowledgement is provided for the courage of many involved in this war but also to remember the almost unimaginable devastation caused.
During the research that I have undertaken about the World War 1 commemorations, I have become aware of an open letter produced by No Glory in War. There is a need to ensure that this anniversary is used to promote peace and international co-operation.
No Glory in War - http://www.noglory.org/