From: PDX (and now) London, UK
This was a moving day in the UK, and not just for Wales football supporters.
Walking out of Liverpool street station I was confronted with an old soldiers song, one that you'd hear on a documentary about WWI, but it was obvious it was being sung nearby. Around the corner were twenty or so men in the middle of a courtyard surrounded by lunching Londoners, and they were all dressed in WWI uniforms, and singing. It stopped me in my tracks, and everyone nearby.
This was one of those moments I realize is different here to where I came from on the West Coast of the US. This is history remembered, personified and memorialized by people who want to remember, to make sure we understand what happened. Nearly everyone was quiet, was respectful, even though this was a spontaneous performance, and it was like ghosts had appeared among us.
When they finished they moved around the crowds handing out cards, each with the name of a soldier who died at the Somme.
This was a nationwide artpiece by Jeremy Deller, and a good example of using the arts effectively in our culture by connecting people to each other and their shared history. I was moved, and at a moment when I was far from these events and thoughts, touched when I didn't expect to be, and that is powerful.
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