As a country we're uncaring about knowing dates of historical importance.
Today is the 67th anniversary of D-Day when 150,000 Allied troops landed in France at Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah beaches. And many died.
As far as I'm aware World War 2, for schoolchildren, seems to be Evacuation and that's about it.
The Battle of Bosworth, April 22 1485, is another important date in English History - the last of the Plantagenet kings died in battle and the reign of the Tudors began. Who remembers? Who cares?
The second battle of El Alamein began on 23rd October 1942 - so what? It marked the turning point in the war in North Africa against Rommel and the Afrika Corps.
September 15th each year - why is that celebrated?- and a public collection made. It's Battle of Britain day.
When's Trafalgar Day? Not that we celebrate it, of course, it might upset the French! And why would we want to remember our greatest Admiral? You know who I mean.
We could do so much more about teaching our history to schoolchildren but - who cares?
No wonder we have no pride in our country; Wootton Bassett's care for casualties returning from Afghanistan shames us all.