We wish you all a Happy and Peaceful New
We think it will be a busy New Year too;
there is a lot in planning in Remembrance of our Fallen. Last
year was certainly busy, and one good piece of news was that
after much negotiation and discussion between The Dover War
Memorial Project and Dover Town Council it was agreed that a new
plaque, commemorating more of our Fallen, will be placed on the
Town Memorial this year. There are still many of our Fallen to
be remembered, and we will continue to honour all our Fallen
here on Dover's Virtual Memorial, as well as looking into other
ways of commemorating them - especially those who at the moment
are commemorated nowhere at all.
Young people have a marvellous opportunity to
learn more of their local heroes and heroines, thanks to the
magnificent support from Astor College for the Arts. With over
1,000 students on their roll each year, they will now be caring
for the Unknown Warrior stained-glass window. This was created
in honour of the 90th anniversary of the Homecoming of the
Warrior to Dover in 2010, along with an exhibition and
educational resources, and was presented on 16 November 2012
in a ceremony at the College where it was unveiled by one of our
gracious Patrons, Admiral the Lord Boyce.
That we should never forget is underlined by
the very sad losses we suffered in our area last year, owing to
service in Afghanistan. Our servicepeople continue to place
their lives on the line, just as they did when our country was
under the greatest of threats in throughout the 20th century.
Very sadly, those who served during those days are slowly
leaving us, and it is even more essential that our young people
should have the opportunity to learn of their forebears and
their current counterparts, and to learn of respect, honour,
duty, and sacrifice. We hope to continue our educational
programmes this year, and, at the same time, to ensure that many
others too have the opportunity to meet and learn about those
who lost their lives on service, through our programme of talks,
exhibitions, and displays.Remembrance is every day, not just for
We could do none of it without you! We thank
very sincerely all the wonderful friends who support the work of
The Dover War Memorial Project in so very many different ways.
We simply could not have carried on without the wonderful
support we have had in fund-raising and donations last year, and
equally we owe a huge debt to all those who beaver away behind
the scenes, supporting through research, grave-visiting,
transcription, photography - you name it, and someone has helped
to do it! Thank you so much to you all.
So off we go, into the adventure of a New
Year. Already there's much to do in memory of our Fallen, and as
always, of course, we shall continue answering the many queries
we receive (at the rate of three or four a day) and visiting the
families and friends of our Fallen - those who truly know and
live each and every day the meaning of sacrifice and duty.
We will never forget those people who gave all they possibly
could, for us, the future in which they believed but could never
For them, whose days were so short, let's
live as best we can, a Happy and Thankful New Year.
With all best wishes,