Remembrance Day - Who Do We Really Remember?
Remembrance Day - Who Do We Really Remember? with John Siblon (A Toast-Jam Crossover Podcast)
In this Toast-Jam fusion podcast recording, students Sean Voitov and Alana Stephenson discuss Remembrance Sunday with their history teacher John Siblon, who is also the subject leader and is completing a PhD studying African and Caribbean servicemen in the aftermath of the First World War.
Remembrance Day was first held on the 11th of November 1919, called ‘Armistice Day’ to celebrate the armistice agreement ending the First World War. Today it is held to remember the soldiers who fought and died fighting for the British Army. But are all of the soldiers who fought and died really remembered? Or does Remembrance Day fail to honour the Black and Asian soldiers whose lives were also important and their efforts essential to the fight?
In this episode, some of the topics that you can tune in to hear John discuss are the distinct lack of commemoration for Black and Asian soldiers, the decision between wearing the white poppy or the red counterpart, and how Remembrance Day has changed in the century since it began to be held, as well as his ideal way of Remembrance.