As the nation marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day – a turning point in World War II – Falkirk Bairns are being asked to remember “Falkirk’s Fallen”.
The Friends of Falkirk War Memorial will be in the town’s Howgate Centre on Thursday, June 6 and on Friday, June 7, asking people for their support.
Former Provost Pat Reid, who helped set up the Friends’ group, explained: “We’ll be distributing postcards and stickers and encouraging people to make donations to our campaign to extend and refurbish the town’s War Memorial in Dollar Park.
“The existing memorial was unveiled in 1926 to remember the 1100 local men who died in World War I. Sadly – unlike other local memorials – it doesn’t name the war dead, or the 450 others who died subsequently in World War II.
“We want to properly remember Falkirk’s Fallen – adding the names on additional panels – and making other improvements to the site.
“We’ve already had good support from local businesses and the Council’s Common Good Fund. But we’d also appreciate donations – however large or small from local people.”
The Friends will be represented in the Howgate by members of the Grangemouth Branch of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Association. Over 400 of the missing names on the current War Memorial were Argylls.
The Friends will be distributing postcards and stickers – designed and donated by Falkirk-based Eden Consultancy Group – to encourage people to give their support and find out more. The Friends estimate the overall project will cost around £120,000.
Rose O’Connor from Eden Consultancy Group said: “It’s a great honour to be involved in this initiative. Our designs for the banners and postcards feature real images of local men who were lost during the conflicts. We hope that Falkirk folk will help us to add the names of the fallen to the War Memorial by making a donation to the fund and showing their support by displaying one of the branded lapel stickers.”
Said Councillor Reid: “As well as adding those missing names, we also hope to make the war memorial more accessible from Dollar Park itself.
“Currently access is only via the main pavement and steps leading up from Camelon Road. Our work will improve access for people for mobility issues paying their respects at the memorial.”
You can also contact The Friends by email: email@example.com or by calling 01324 628379
The largest seaborn invasion in history took place on June 6, 1944 – as Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy. Codenamed Operation Overlord and often referred to as D-Day, it did not bring an end to the war in Europe – but it did begin the process through which victory was achieved in World War II. Read more about D-Day on the Imperial War Museum website:
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