“In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Good Will.” – Winston Churchill

18 Jun

 

Today, my class visited the Imperial War Museum. Now, I understand that, to some of you, this may not sound appealing. But to me, this ranks as one of my favorite places in London. For the past few days, my class has been studying literature from both World War I and World War II, as both wars had a major impact on Britain and the citizens of this great country. We have been studying the effects of the wars, and the repercussions that Britain faced in the years following the wars, as well as what they still may face today. The results are different than you may think: World War II happened fairly recent in Great Britain’s history, and the outcome of the war is still seen around London today. We still walk the same streets that were once raided by the Germans. We still pass through the same Tube stations that Londoners once took shelter in. We see plaques and statues adorning the city, commemorating those that fought for their country during Britain’s time of need.

And we also see World War II’s British memorabilia around the United States. You may know the saying “Keep Calm and Carry On.” This saying actually derives from Great Britain, believe it or not. During the second World War, the British government passed these fliers out to citizens in hopes of raising morale during the event of an invasion. However, at the time of the War, the flier saw very little distribution, and was soon forgotten. However, it reappeared again around the year 2000 and has since been in the public eye.

“England expects that every man will do his duty.” This statement was said by Lord Nelson during the Battle of Trafalgar Square in 1805. Today, in the Imperial War Museum, I saw a poster that stated, “Your country still expects you to do your duty!” We should always remember those who fought and served their country.

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