24 Jul In Memoriam 2014
The forthcoming centenary of the outbreak of the First World War has led to the creation of a new and very commendable project to preserve the many war memorials to those who have sacrificed their lives for their country. There are estimated to be over 100,000 memorials in the UK-many of those relate to the Great War of 1914-18 although some date back to the 7th century. The project-In Memoriam 2014 “aims to record and protect the thousands of memorials in the UK. The Imperial War Museum has emphasised that the project could not have come at a better timeÂ given that there have recently been several acts of vandalism against memorials perhaps the most obvious being the damage done to the Cenotaph during the recent student protests in November 2010. However, it is not just the acts of violence against the memorials that have become a concern but also the fact that criminal gangs are taking down some of the plaques and trying to sell them as scrap metal. Two men were recently convicted of trying to sell a bronze plaque engraved with the names of 57 people killed in a bombing raid during the Second World War in Sunderland. Local communities and youth groups are being encouraged to get involved in this extremely worthy project. David Burrowes MP for Enfield and Southgate comments:
“In Memoriam 2014 provides us all with an opportunity to reaffirm our gratitude and respect for those who died defending this country and the freedom we continue to enjoy 100 years after the beginning of World War I. In Memoriam 2014 is a practical and meaningful way of showing our respect for the fallen by combating those whose desecration shows such disrespect. War memorials are a symbol of community memory, continuity and a physical way in which successive generations show their respect. My hope is that people in every community with a war memorial will gain a deeper appreciation for each other through their shared history as a result of taking part in In Memoriam 2014. I wholeheartedly commend this project and all the people young and old who get involved in it.”
Click here to learn more or to register an interest in taking part in the project.