FOR the men who flew with the RAF’s Bomber Command and for the thousands of families whose sons and husbands never returned from those wartime raids, the unveiling of a new monument in London yesterday was final recognition of all that they have suffered.
Some feel that the memorial in Green Park, paid for by private donations, has come more than 60 years too late.
For others, the 9ft bronze sculpture says much about the moral complexity of raids which cost so many lives both of brave and dedicated young airmen and among the German population.
Ultimately the monument should, and doubtless will, be seen as an invitation to honour those from all countries who died during the Second World War and to reflect on the high cost of achieving the peace that in Europe we still have today.
The young men of Bomber Command were courageous, skilled and utterly selfless in what they undertook and what they achieved.
For those things, the country will always thank and remember them.