Thousands of Memorials
Across the country, an estimated 100,000 war memorials commemorate and honour the brave men and women who gave their lives for our freedom - including those who fought in the deep trenches across Europe in WWI and in the sea and skies in WWII. Following WWI, over 700,000 British people died, many of whom were volunteers. Almost every community throughout the country was affected. And, to add to the grief, those who died in the battlefields overseas could not be brought home - the enormous numbers made it logistically impossible. Any graves that were made for the fallen were near battlefields, miles away from those who desperately yearned to mourn. There was a need for families, friends and communities to come together to create commemorations to those who were lost in the war. As subsequent battles occurred over the years, more memorials have been built to honour those who died.
Fallen to neglect
However, only 30,000 memorials have been surveyed, and as many as 8,000 may be neglected and vandalised, or left to decay due to weathering and ageing. The War Memorials Trust (WMT) continue to work to preserve as many war memorials as possible. Their aim is to record every individual, civilian or service personnel and ensure they are remembered for their contributions.
With Remembrance Day drawing near and the centenary of the first Remembrance Sunday in 2019, we have an opportunity to reflect on its origins, and the importance of war memorials. So here at Yesterday, we've sponsored the Sunday Mirror to launch a campaign to give these soldiers, volunteers, and service personnel the honour they deserve. To find out more, visit the War Memorials Online to see how you can contribute to the repair of your local war memorial.