Commemoration began months ago, in an almost triumphal tone, as if the start of a war which killed millions were something to celebrate. Now it seems to be on a personal level, respecting 'our heroes' who died for our liberty.
Let me say I don't think the First World War was about our liberty and I think a hero risks his life knowing the risks.
Those were different, trusting times. No one supposed that Asquith or Grey had in fact no idea what a war would be like.
I can't help feeling that our present mood of scepticism and mistrust of politics, regretted by some, in fact makes our time far happier. Perhaps that is the lesson of the Great War.