The speaker of "Anthem for Doomed Youth" never says the words soldier or war. He never names a country or particular dispute. In a way, he's signaling to us that this poem is not about specific battles or individual loves lost. Nope, Owen is writing all about a much more universal topic: the terrible costs and realities of all wars, and the inability of our rituals to alleviate the death and suffering it brings about.
This poem shows us that the suffering on the home front is equal to the suffering on the battlefront—albeit a little less violent.
According to our speaker, funerals for fallen soldiers are pointless, because they cheapen the sacrifice dead soldiers have made.