Com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary in your vil­lages

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

This week’s edi­tion show­cases the plethora of First World War cen­te­nary events and ac­tiv­i­ties that com­mu­ni­ties across the county have been throw­ing them­selves into.

It is im­per­a­tive to get be­hind the churches, char­i­ties, lo­cal his­tory and so­cial groups in Kent’s towns and vil­lages who are giv­ing up count­less hours to do their bit to ed­u­cate and com­mem­o­rate the im­mea­sur­able sac­ri­fice, which claimed the young lives of over 700,000 sol­diers across the United King­dom.

It is ad­mirable that peo­ple are de­ter­mined to make sure the sto­ries about lo­cal he­roes who played a part in the war ef­fort are told, whether those came from the bat­tle­ground or on the Home Front. You can find many of these at the Kent His­tory and Li­brary Cen­tre from this week.

A spirit of cre­ativ­ity has been flow­ing through the neigh­bour­hoods across our county too, an ex­am­ple of this is at St Mary’s Church in Had­low, where a ded­i­cated por­tion of the con­gre­ga­tion have spent the last few months mak­ing over 2,000 strik­ing, blood-red pop­pies. They have now been strung to­gether to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful but haunt­ing crim­son car­pet, which will be on dis­play to vis­i­tors at the church. These trib­utes are best made by the grass­roots of our area and keep the lifeblood of our re­gion flow­ing.

Our free­dom and democ­racy de­pend on the prin­ci­ple that if we do not know our his­tory, we are doomed to re­peat it. Make sure you find out what your vil­lage, town or civil parish is do­ing and find the time to go along. These events rep­re­sent our com­mu­ni­ties at their very best, im­mersed in their his­tory and mak­ing fur­ther bonds to­gether to move for­ward.

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