4 August: UK State remembrance of the start of World War I. Is religious remembrance sufficiently inclusive?

People remember the dead of war in numerous ways such as in local communities and in national ceremonial. Official UK state and Scottish remembrance has primarily been shaped by national considerations. Remembrance also includes the Commonwealth (former Empire) allied dead who came from numerous faiths such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism and Chinese and Japanese religions as well as those with no religion.

UK allies included Japan, Portugal, Thailand, and Italy. The Commonwealth frame cannot be sufficiently inclusive of all of these. Nor does it include our main allies France, Belgium and Russia.

Secular commemoration is the only inclusive model; religious ceremonies inevitably divide and make invidious distinctions and excludes some from consideration

The UK and Scottish states have decided on religious  commemoration. The London Cenotaph which was designed for all the dead of war and has no cross upon it has been sidelined in favour of Westminster Abbey. The Glasgow ceremonies will take place at the Glasgow Cenotaph which has a cross upon it and at Glasgow Cathedral.

Is basically Christian remembrance with a dash of interfaith contributions sufficient to remember the religious diverse and religiously indifferent millions that died during the war to enable allied victory?

And how should we remember our war time enemies – the predominantly Christian Germans and Austrians and the mainly Muslim Turks?

Official UK commemoration is outlined at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-27974539

Scottish Government plans for religious commemoration are outlined at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-27425315

On the excluded London Cenotaph  visit http://bit.ly/19DbbqF

Would not making a success of the European Union be the greatest tribute to the dead of all European countries?

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