Lest We Forget
The Fallen Heroes
I thought it was nicely done.
War and conflict of course are the staples of many a fine novel, though one thing that has struck me about Jane Austen's work was her ability to completely ignore the Napoleonic Wars in her era. Proof perhaps that escapism is not a new thing in fiction.
But whether we read/write escapist fiction or not, remembering should come into our stories somewhere. Why? Our characters have their own lives and remembering, if only the mistakes they've made and what they learned from them, should come into the story somehow. Readers need to see where our characters have come from. What our characters remember is a vital part of why they are the way they are.