I will never go to war, you know. I will never have to. The first time I go to France will be a trip with my school.
That’s a line from the author Lee Child. It’s not from one of his Jack Reacher books, but from a letter — a letter to a man who was very much in harm’s way 100 years ago.
Its official opening is Saturday, June 28. It will run for 37 days, until 11 p.m. London time on August 4 — the moment on which Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith in 1914 told the House of Commons that Great Britain had joined the First World War.
The letter-writing campaign is, in fact, one of the nation’s World War I Centenary art commissions. With a characteristic eye for interactivity, the Canadian-born authorKate Pullinger, who lives in London, has created the event in such a way that the public has a role to play.
You can write a letter, yourself, to the intently focused young man who stands on Platform 1 at London’s Paddington Station, gazing down at the paper in his hands. With delicate grace, the soldier’s fingers hold the paper with care; this is something precious to this boy.
By Porter Anderson | @Porter_Anderson
Writing on the Ether: Writing Letters To The Past: London’s War Memorial Of Words
Originally published by Thought Catalog at www.ThoughtCatalog.com