Me­mo­ri­als pay tes­ta­ment to im­pact on our na­tion

Sunderland Echo - - Armistice 100 -

The af­ter­math of the First World War bore wit­ness to the big­gest sin­gle wave of pub­lic com­mem­o­ra­tion that the na­tion had ever seen. As com­mu­ni­ties came to­gether to make sense of the un­prece­dented loss of life, me­mo­ri­als were con­structed across the land; from sim­ple stone crosses in tiny vil­lages to spec­tac­u­lar artis­tic and ar­chi­tec­tural com­po­si­tions in our towns and cities.

His­tor­i­cally it has been the grand and mon­u­men­tal that have been added to the Na­tional Her­itage List for Eng­land. But dur­ing the course of the cen­te­nary His­toric Eng­land, in part­ner­ship with Civic Voice and War Me­mo­ri­als Trust, com­mit­ted to list and up­grade 2500 First World War Me­mo­ri­als and en­hance ex­ist­ing en­tries. For the first time on such a large-scale na­tional project, vol­un­teers were also in­vited to sub­mit their lo­cal war me­mo­ri­als for in­clu­sion on the list. This project has un­cov­ered a wealth of in­ter­est­ing and poignant but often over­looked me­mo­ri­als that pay tes­ta­ment to the scope of the im­pact of the First World War.

Edith Cavell Memo­rial, Tomb­land, Nor­wich up­graded to II* in 2015

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