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A National Day of Reflection: we have lost so much, but there is hope for tomorrow

If we harness the power of governments and the ingenuity of communities, we can transform life for the better

By Helen Barnard  

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Today’s National Day of Reflection is, fittingly, modelled on Remembrance Sunday (formerly Armistice Day) with a minute’s silence and a symbolic flower. But Armistice Day was never just about remembering. The original red poppies had “Never Again” written on them, demonstrating the determination to use the horrific experience of the war to forge a new peace. Similarly, today is not only a time to reflect on our collective loss, it is also a chance to consider what we have learned about our economic and social structures and decide what we want to hold on to and to change.

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