Memorial restoration

RAY Thompson’s letter on the condition of the war

memorials (September 30) will elicit much sympathy. But his suggestion that the National War Memorial Restoration Fund is established at public expense will be unacceptable.

A national appeal to which organisations and individuals could make voluntary donations would be more suitable.

As Mr Thompson points out, most war memorials have been around for 90 years. Inscriptions and symbols (usually a cross) imply that all those who died on the battlefield were Christians. Clearly they were not. Men of other religious faiths, and none, were killed in action. Yet war memorials and the content of Remembrance Day ceremonies are almost exclusively Christian.

Humanity has moved on since 1919.

W J McIlroy,