No matter where I am in the world I take pause on November 11th – as many others do – to remember those that gave up their lives in the name of democracy and decency.
I try to hold the millions that died from hate – xenophobia and greed.
I give thanks that I am now too old and too broken to fight.
I fear for those in uniform today that will see things that will never leave them and for those who deployed who will never come home.
Amidst these meditations I wonder over who will carry the torch of remembrance of wars and atrocities past – once those who survived them are no more.
I did not expect that one of the answers to this question would be Peter Jackson.
Through the restoration – colorization – voice acting and audio effects – Jackson and his team have breathed new life into 100 year old footage for their documentary on the First World War -They Shall Not Grow Old.
Through the use first hand accounts and archival information – the documentary will serve as a warning to future generations of the horrors of war.
If Jackson does nothing else in his career as a filmmaker I hope that he’s remembered for what he has attempted here.