75 years - Finally Time For A National Memorial To The Blitz
2020 sees the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII and also marks the end of air raids on cities across the UK. In March 1945 the last bombs & rockets and the War was soon to end.
Up to 65,000 civilians were killed, 1 million injured and over 2 million homes destroyed. Behind each one of them is a personal story, sometimes of courage & often of tragedy. Surely, the time has come to honour them with a National Memorial. We are therefore launching a CrowdFund campaign to raise money, and if there should be enough interest, launch a charitable trust to achieve this goal of a fitting monument.
We nearly all have had family members who were affected in some way and the layout of many of our cities is still decided to this day by where the bombs fell. In my own family, my father worked as an air raid warden during the Hull Blitz, before heading off to fight in Italy in 1942, my grandmother lost her home in the Hull Blitz, a cousin killed at age 15 by a doodlebug in a small town in Kent in 1944. In London suburbs and cities such as Liverpool & Hull, there are often gaps in rows of houses created by bomb damage or rows of terraced houses that suddenly end.
And yet there is no National Memorial, amongst the many that we have quite rightly built in recent years, that commemorates one of the defining moments in British history, and those who, going about their everyday lives, paid the ultimate price. Soon the last of those who remember those days will be gone, and it’s important that we have a national focus to teach future generations the lessons of the past and that war is not something that only affects far flung countries
I am therefore, this Remembrance Week, launching a Crowdfund and educational website to assess the feasibility of this project. Your donations will only be taken should we reach the minimum target
Should there be enough interest the next stage will be to form a charitable trust with a committee of trustees & an appropriate patron. We would then set about match funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund, etc, planning permissions in a suitable location, ideally Whitehall or Green Park, and commissioning a sculptor to a traditional design. There will also be an educational website where those affected by the blitz can share their memories and where those too young to remember the War can learn about this important period, hopefully so that future generations are never faced with a similar situation again.