Sir, Armistice Day was inaugurated as a commemoration of the dead of the Great War and now Remembrance Sunday also honours the dead of the Second World War. Since 1945, British war deaths have been, mercifully, relatively few and have been from professional forces rather than mass armies of volunteers or conscripts.
The war memorials will of course remain, but perhaps it is time to consider how long the ceremonies of Remembrance Sunday should continue: if not indefinitely, then sooner or later they must cease, and there will come a time when the wars of the first half of the 20th century seem as distant as the battles of Agincourt and Waterloo do today.
Unless there is a major conflict in the meantime I would suggest that in November 2018 — the centenary of the Armistice — there should be the last of the Remembrance services. It is unlikely that there will be any living Great War veterans by then, and the number of survivors of the Second World War will have declined considerably. It would seem preferable to call a halt on a significant date rather than allowing the ceremonies to decay slowly through neglect.