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Let's promote second world war sites

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 January, 2012, 12:00am

I am writing in response to the letter 'Government could do more to promote important second world war sites' (South China Morning Post, December 28).

I agree it is important to promote second world war sites, such as old gun batteries, artillery observation posts and bunkers.

The second world war was a global conflict that involved most of the world's nations. Historical sites can serve as reminders of the war's terrible legacy.

Education is always the best way to encourage peace. By promoting our second world war sites, we can educate the public about the negative effects of wars.

Teachers should take students on educational tours to such sites and teach them the history.

That will help students reflect on the horrors of war and the importance for peace.

We should learn from our history. Wars are not the answer to the world's problems.

Suki Tong Shuk-wun, King Ling College

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Suki. Some people may think that the past is irrelevant: it's already happened, so how can it affect us?

Yet that's a very short-sighted view. History teaches us where we came from, and shows us mistakes to avoid. It shows us how far we've come as a society, and what lessons we should carry forward into the future.

These remaining relics are perhaps even more important in Hong Kong, where so many old buildings are torn down to make space for new skyscrapers, and so many of the second world war survivors have left the city or are no long alive.

Yet just promoting these sites is not enough. We need to visit them, talk about them, pay tribute to the heroes of that generation. And yes, spread the message that war is not the answer.

Karly, Deputy Editor