In October we reported that Glenrothes in Scotland was about to unveil its first war memorial.
This weekend, Blidworth, a village in Nottinghamshire, has also unveiled its first memorial. Commemorating soldiers who have died from the First World War onwards, it includes the name of Private Andrew Cutts, who was killed while serving in Afghanistan last year.
Glenrothes also featured the names of two servicemen killed in the recent conflict in Iraq and it appears that recent deaths are prompting communities to consider how they commemorate all war deaths.
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A young soldier, killed last year in Iraq, is commemorated in his home town of Aberdeen through the naming of a park in his honour.
The Allan Douglas park was officially named in September 2007. As a place where Lance Corporal Douglas played as a youngster, the project was part of a community regeneration project.
Glenrothes in Scotland, a town that was established in 1948, will shortly be unveiling its first war memorial.
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Having been founded after the Second World War, it is perhaps not suprising that the town did not have a war memorial. However, the deaths in Iraq in 2004 of two Black Watch soldiers from the community led to a campaign to erect a town memorial.
While the memorial features the names of the two Black Watch servicemen, it also now provides a place of remembrance for ex-service personnel and those who have lost loved ones in previous conflicts.
The 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment has set up a fund to raise money for a permanent memorial to members of the regiment killed while serving in Afghanistan and to provide assistance to severely injured soldiers and their families. The battalion has over 600 soldiers deployed in the northern sector of Helmand province, where some of the fiercest fighting has taken place. Nine soldiers have lost their lives and over 50 others have been wounded.
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A local micro brewery has come up with an unsual way to help raise money for the memorial fund with their ‘Buy the Boys a Beer’ campaign. This enables members of the public to purchase a bottle of beer which is sent, with a personal message label, to returning soldiers at the battalion headquarters at Purbright. For each bottle purchased, a donation is also made to the memorial fund.
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A new art exhibition opens today at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, showcasing the ideas of 25 international artists for a memorial to the Iraq War.
BBC NEWS | Iraq’s war reaches the arts world
We have currently recorded 20 memorials to the ongoing Iraq War. Search under War – ‘IRAQ (21C)’
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