War anniversary must be for all
I thoroughly disapprove of what I have so far heard about the forthcoming commemoration of the First World War, due to take place on that war's centenary in 2014.
Its intentions must be expanded to be pan-European, among all other friendly interests it may cover.
If it does not distinctly acknowledge the disaster that befell all participants, then it can have no meaning for me.
We British are not the world's great sufferers. We have been sufferers among many.
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Listen to Holst's Mars. The dreadful sounds of that anthem to war were not written to rebuke and warn any one nation, but all.
Organising to remember just the sacrifices of ourselves and our allies, and taking credit for it, is too simple.
I can never forget that the crowd of young men whom my young marksman father shot dead were carried away wearing "Gott mit uns" (God with us) on their belt buckles.
It affects me when I recall that particular service, of which in later years he found it so hard to speak.
Those boys were taught to believe, as our boys were, that they fought on a good side. Their sacrifice was as one with ours.
I hope our leaders will be independent enough to emphasise that fact and to make certain that, in 2014, all Europe knows that they do.
Please do not rule my spirit out, nor that of my father, now at rest, by narrowing down the commemoration to what seems most popular and easiest to schedule.
Derek John Freestone, Leicester.
Last year, one of the most beautiful and perfectly-shaped Christmas trees I have ever seen was put in place at the Clock Tower, only to then be totally ruined by being completely covered in tacky fake snow and pale blue lights.
Is it at all possible that some Christmas cheer could be brought to this area with pretty brightly-coloured lights, instead of the cold white "decorations" which were also present in Humberstone Gate.
Compare this austere atmosphere with the warm feeling around the tree and decorations in Town Hall Square, which are always beautiful and put people in a festive mood.
E Jones, Leicester.