War & Peace?

Fair Oak War Memorial Inscription

How should we comemorate the Fallen?

Fair Oak’s War Memorial which has stood in the heart of the picturesque Village Square since 1919, will be the centre of debate tomorrow evening when the Parish Council meets to consider a change to the monument’s name.

The Council will choose whether to retain the name “Fair Oak War Memorial”, by which it has been known for over 50 years, or change it to “Fair Oak Peace Memorial”. There is also alternative proposal to refer to it in future as simply ‘The Memorial’.

When asked how he would be voting tomorrow night parish councillor Hugh McGuinness (UKIP) declined to comment until he had heard all the evidence but was willing to say:

“In my opinion the vast majority of voters will have always called it the “war memorial”, which is of course where the remembrance service takes place every year to honour the memory of the fallen in both world wars”.

The meeting which is open to the public, will take place in Fair Oak Village Hall, Shorts Road, Monday 18th January at 7.30pm.

War memorial, Peace Memorial or simply ‘The Memorial’. How should we refer to our monuments to the fallen?

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  1 comment for “War & Peace?

  1. Peter Stewart
    January 18, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Basil Fawlty jibes from the grave, “Don’t mention the war, I did once but I think I got away with it”! At least he did before LibDem dominated Fair Oak Parish Council decided to jump in.

    Unbelievably in this LibDem stronghold, just before a General Election – a LibDem Parish Council is inviting the scorn of our national newspapers by trying to apply the crude neologistic misnomer “peace memorial” to Fair Oak’s War memorial, a move which will offend many voters and could cost Chris Huhne his seat if the electoral scales are once again teetering on a knife edge as they were in 2005.

    This crazy move will inevitably be portrayed by the national newspapers as LIBDEM political correctness gone mad.

    This is (and always has been) a WAR memorial. It appears in the Imperial War Museum’s UK National Inventory of War Memorials (no 21135). It exists to commemorate (honour the memory of) those who died fighting to preserve the luxury of self governance. This is a luxury we have allowed our political elite to destroy over the last 36 years of EU annexation. Did all those people die in vain? Perhaps they did in the eyes of Fair Oak Parish Council.

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