By Sangita Lal

Between 1914 and 1918, Europe was ripped apart by World War one. Millions of men and women lost their lives. Due to this, November 11th is Remembrance day. It seems almost dutiful to respect their lives and continue a tradition embedded in the culture of Britain.

The simple fact that someone of our generation could be disrespectful to the memory of thousands of lives, is still unbelievable but it’s a truth.

2012 saw Bristol appalled as a gatecrasher skated past the troops as they marched past the cenotaph.

It seems –to some extent- impressive that someone can be so blinded to the sacrifice and the reasoning that the rest of the country shares behind Remembrance Day. The day in itself is capitalised for its significance, and I see it as the only consolation we have to the years of fighting, to remember those who fought. The longer we continue to move on from the awful truths of our country’s history, the more respect we show.

The reaction of the crowd itself almost showed an ironic symbolism of community and a shared understanding, which has echoed in our history of joining forces against the enemy. It has been reported the crowd made remarks such as ‘‘death’s too good for you’’ This – despite its extreme connotations – shows the passion we still hold in our hearts for the men and women that lost their lives so we could lead the ones we do today.

If anything, the 38 year old man reaffirmed the importance of Remembrance Sunday and its significance. What point was he trying to prove? He showed no symbolic following with his attire that day and no comments which showed an intellectual reasoning.

He is an immature man and someone who I don’t believe thought he would have to suffer the wrath of – not only the police – but of us everyday people who despite our faults, come together on the 11th.

This one man who is divided from our respect and shared mentality was one man out of all of Bristol. He embarrassed himself and is not representative of the kind hearted people of this city, the kind of people who pop to the pub to meet their mates for drinks, or meet at cafes to help each other revise for exams. We should live our lives to the fullest in memory of those who died to save our way of life.

The more awful truth is the fact that he was so thoughtless to mock the troops of today who are still fighting.

The worst part of his actions that day is the fact that war isn’t a memory or in the past. It’s our present. People are still fighting and still losing their lives and that one man should not be remembered for his actions. All that should be acknowledged is that we still feel so strongly about the wars of our past and we are still connected to them in our present.

He did nothing but make me realise I haven’t forgotten what sacrifices were made and what is still happening today. And I’m completely content in the knowledge that that’s probably the opposite effect he wanted.