Sue, I’m sure you do, and there many like you. As for older people, I’m 80 so I have distant but clear memories of WW2 as a child, I was at primary school two years before that war ended. I mourn the many lives that were lost, including civilian lives on both sides.
Many soldiers and sailors who survived the actual conflict on the front were bitter about the war, and did not regard themselves as returning heroes but as dupes, and this is why Churchill was rejected as a peace-time leader after the war. Many working-class men and women saw him as a war-monger.
Every November 11 is an opportunity to bang the jingoistic drum. And of course many who never experienced it on the front love to dress up and bask in the glory, including politicians who send others’ sons (and now daughters) to die in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, who never declared or waged war against us, except as their invaders.
That’s my opinion, and it was my father’s who built bombers and served in the Home Guard (Dad’s Army) in his “spare time” (as if!). As did several of my aunts and uncles who wore uniforms, and helped to rebuild the country after the war.
I befriended a young German boy my own age after the war, and he visited me and my parents, bringing gifts. He lived in central Berlin, and both his parents were killed by Allied bombs. We became close friends. He had been enlisted in the Hitler Youth and trained as a child to fight to defend his Fatherland. A few years earlier and we could have killed each other.
War is not inevitable and seldom if ever justifiable, but it has sexy appeal to men intoxicated by power, and it is a huge generator of money and full employment, which pacifies the unruly. Why don’t women start wars?