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Bomber Command memorial EDITED

Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park. First time I’ve ever paid a visit. Almost all of the articles I’ve seen about the design have been negative — too big, too intrusive, “something Mussolini might have erected”, etc.  Well, even if the design is unadventurous, I think the overall effect is quite moving. And it’s not as if that end of Green Park is one of London’s beauty spots — it ought to be, but it isn’t, thanks to all the traffic rattling around Hyde Park Corner. So the memorial raises the tone just a little. Should Arthur Harris be honoured in this way, given what we know about area bombing? That’s another question. Seems to me that, in this case, it’s the lower ranks who are being remembered.

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