Fitting tribute

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 11 April, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 11 April, 1998, 12:00am

I am writing to say how happy I was to see flags flying again recently at the Cenotaph on the occasion of St David's Day and St Patrick's Day.

Since the handover the bareness of the Cenotaph has been a very conspicuous change in the view from my window at Jardine House.

Tribute to the war dead and remembrance of the end of war aggression are issues on which China and the UK have no conflict.

The people of both nations were among those who suffered from the aggression exercised during the war years and Hong Kong bore direct witness thereto. The message engraved on the Cenotaph is in Chinese characters and English.

I look forward to seeing the flags flying against the Cenotaph on St George's Day, April 23. I hope that it may be possible to see them continuing to fly, without the need for any special occasion, but just because Hong Kong has not changed and the people of Hong Kong therefore continue to remember and honour their dead.