As you drive through the village of Pumpherston, Scotland you'd be forgiven for assuming that the wars that ripped apart so many communities across the UK had no impact in our small village at all - that war had passed us by perhaps...but you'd be wrong!
You'd be forgiven for believing that nobody in our village ever had that awful clutching fear when they received a telegram or had to explain to a child that their father would not be coming home or any mother had to grieve for a lost son and his hopes and aspirations that died along with him... but you'd be wrong!
You'd be forgiven for assuming that our tight-knit community that still holds generation-after-generation of families never experienced the loss of a loved one or the return of a son, brother, husband or neighbour from the front-lines both physically and mentally broken...but, well yes you'd be wrong!
War touched our village: it reaped havoc on families, the stories of bravery and sacrifice are no more or less horrific for us than for anywhere else and yet...and yet we have no place to honour our fallen.
There can be few villages to have lost so many and yet have no focal point for remembering those sacrifices, no historical touchstone that provides a crucial link to the past enabling people to remember despite never experiencing conflict themselves.
The sacrifices made by so many in the name of freedom must be remembered and a focal memorial in their own home village should be built for the dead for commemoration. It should be built to provide respect for the living relatives and the community. It should be built to provide a vital link for those beyond living memory - so we never forget
Please help us fix a shortfall in our cultural heritage, help us erect a suitable and fitting memorial.