When news happens, text AND and your photos or videos to 80360. Or contact us by email and phone.
Important to mark war
10:53am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Your Say
WE are now less than twelve months away from the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.
Led by the Government, across the county plans are well under way for events to commemorate the start of the conflict.
So why have we heard nothing about what theBorough of Andover plans to do between 2014 and 2018? A search for information on the Test Valley Borough Council website reveals nothing!
Yet again our council leaders are ignoring – like they ignored the call to have the Cenotaph returned to the High Street – an important part of Andover’s history.
Not only did the town have its own company (“D”) of the 4th Territorial Battalion Hampshire Regiment, the men from which fought their way across half the world, from India through the Middle East to the Western Front, but Andover also had its own Royal Flying Corps Airfield (St Mary’s cemetery pays testament to the many British and Commonwealth airmen who died whilst training there).
Andover supplied men (and women) to every branch of the armed forces and they went on to serve in every conceivable theatre of war, and fought in every notable battle.
Many, of course (some estimate upto 20per cent of those that served), also made the ultimate sacrifice, never returning to the town.
There is farmore that could, and should, be said about Andover’s contribution to that war, but despite this, it seems our council can’t even be bothered to put plans in place for how we might commemorate that great conflict.
Surely it is not beyond even OUR elected officials to organise a service and parade for the 4th August next year?
Perhaps even a fly past from the Army Air Corps?
A programme of school and community events for learning and commemoration?
The creation of some sort of lasting memorial to the conflict and the men that served and died? And a celebration of the lives of the men listed on our war memorial?
I think it is embarrassing that we are so close to this important anniversary, yet there are seemingly no plans for commemoration and remembrance already in place!
Mark Brown, The Avenue, Andover
Comments are closed on this article.