A war memorial in central London is dividing opinion

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"A war memorial in central London is dividing opinion after children were seen using it as a water slide.

Families say they aren’t doing anything wrong while other visitors to the park, including a former officer in the British Army, say it is insensitive.

The memorial was unveiled in Green Park in 1994 to commemorate the one million Canadians who came to the UK to fight in the world wars.

The solid granite sculpture constantly has water running down it, attracting children who want to slide down it and adults who want to cool their feet.

Betty Darling, who sat beside the fountain while her two grandchildren Oscar, 7 and Lola, 6, paddled in the water, said: ‘No, I don’t think it is disrespectful at all. As long as they’re not throwing rubbish or spitting or anything like that.

‘They’re not defacing, they’re having fun, that’s all it is – playing. It is nice for children who live in flats to get out and have fun.’

However some have branded the use of the memorial, which has a sign attached to the back asking people to not climb on it, as ‘an outrageous sight’.

Richard Allen, a former officer in the British Army, said: ‘The Canadians made a huge contribution to victory during the World Wars. Their soldiers were outstandingly brave, and thousands were killed or wounded.

‘This very moving monument is designed to commemorate all of them, and it is very sad indeed to see it being desecrated like this. The Metropolitan police should be dealing with this.’"

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Should children be allowed to use the monument as a water slide? (Why/Why Not)
 

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Short of graves, children should be allowed to play anywhere as long as they're not damaging property or (unreasonably) disturbing other people.
In this case, I think playing children have nice symbolism.
 

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From the article:
the memorial, which has a sign attached to the back asking people to not climb on it
These children have no right to being using this memorial as a water slide.
 

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Those Canadians have their lives so the future children could enjoy freedom and life without the horrors of war.
What could be a more fitting tribute than having the children play around it enjoying life freely.
 

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Their behavior sounds like they are a people who forgot just what sacrifices were made by the people that monument is meant to honor. This of course leads to a whole new group of people who will have to go in and make the sacrifices made before because the people forgot why they built such monuments in the first place.

Not to mention that there is a sign clearly stating that they are not to do what they do but they do it anyway. Who exactly is honored by a people who refuse to obey the clear cut instructions left at the monument?
 
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