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Letter to Editor: Harlow pledges to commemorate the First World War

History / Tue 1st Jul 2014 pm31 06:05pm

Dear Sir,

The country will commemorate the start of the first World War in August, a war aiming to end all wars.

Harlow Council is working with a number of individual residents and groups, including churches, schools, art groups, the museum and the Royal British Legion. We want to ensure that our community is able to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as those who came home, along with the contribution of women and members of many diverse and ethnic groups.

The working group is promoting and co-ordinating local events and is interested in hearing from relatives of members of the armed forces from World War 1 and anyone else with memories from that period. Please write to us at the address below or email us at [email protected] or [email protected]

The Council can make small grants to local organisations to assist with related projects. Application forms can be obtained from [email protected] or by writing to us at the address below.

Work is underway to identify the names and last resting place of those who did not come back. These will be recorded in a special illustrated booklet based on the original research by Arthur Graham and on a map.

Two of the war memorials, in Potter St. and Great Parndon, will be refurbished. Events will be held at the Playhouse and the Gibberd Gallery in the autumn, along with a memorial weekend at the Royal British Legion Club. The Potter St. war memorial will be re-dedicated at a special service at 11.00 a.m. on Monday, 4th August, on the hundredth anniversary of the start of World War 1- all are welcome!

The council will be publishing further activities, so please let us know if there are similar events to mark the centenary.

We’re still looking forward to a century of peace!

Yours faithfully,

Jean Clark (Cllr) and Simon Carter (Cllr)
Harlow Council, Civic Centre, Water Gardens, Harlow CM20 1WG

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