"We Remember" Booklet 2006
We must never forget the sacrifice made by those who died to keep us
free. The Dover War Memorial Project lets us appreciate the
fallen as people, not simply as a list of names. By
understanding how and why they suffered for us, the past becomes
meaningful, whilst encouraging respect for our common history.
Hence my delight that so many schools are enthusiastically
endorsing our work.
I extend sincere thanks to both the media for their superb support, and
our dedicated volunteer researchers who continue a vital
dialogue with so many surviving relatives. Our successful
exhibitions have benefited many, as a consequence.
Project brings together our shared past, present, and future.
As we buy our poppies, let us appreciate those who stood
strong for us and who, even today, continue to die for us.
Welcome then to this, our Remembrance brochure, which is but the first
step in our endeavour.
The Right Worshipful the Town Mayor of Dover
FROM THE BURGOMASTER OF YPRES
Ypres - or Ieper as it is spelled in present-day Flemish - and
Dover are two towns whose name and fame are by far exceeding
their rather limited size and population. This is due to two
common elements both towns share in their respective history:
the “border” with France and the important role they played in
the world wars.
To the English speaking world Ypres stands for mass slaughter
during several battles of World War I. A dreadful and bloody
legacy for a pleasant town like ours, for sure, but also one the
town is determined to turn into the good. By explaining what
happened here, we hope this and future generations will learn
from mistakes made in the past. Hence the importance of the “In
Flanders Fields” Museum, the daily Last Post ceremony at the
Menin Gate memorial, and the numerous remembrance activities
throughout the year. In Ypres every day is Remembrance Day.
From this vocation, it is evident that we full-heartedly support
the town of Dover’s project to commemorate their war dead. Lest
Burgemeester van Ieper - Burgomaster of Ypres