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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