The Liverpool cenotaph has become the Rodney Dangerfield of war monuments. No respect.
Students have treated it like a climbing apparatus. Workers have used it as lunchroom furniture. And now axe-throwers, politicians and even Legion members have mistaken it for a set piece in a photo studio.
Of course the cenotaph is none of these things.
On the contrary, it is a lasting reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by local residents during the World Wars and the Korean War. Its location — right out front of Liverpool’s Old Town Hall — ensures that it is always visible and never forgotten.
You don’t have to hold our war monument in reverence. But please, if nothing else, show enough respect to stay the hell off it.