The name of Fair Oak’s War Memorial should not be changed. That is the opinion of Norman Brown MBE, one of Hampshire’s senior surviving WW2 veterans and Chairman of the Eastleigh & Chandlers Ford District branch of the Royal British Legion.
Tonight, Fair Oak Parish Councillors will meet to decide if the name of the village’s memorial should be changed to ‘Fair Oak Peace Memorial’ or simply “The Memorial”.
Ex Sapper Norman, 83, served in France and Belgium during the war and was recently made an an MBE in the Queens New Year Honours.
Speaking at his Chandlers Ford home Norman said:
” I believe peace memorials are intended to commemorate civilian wartime losses. With our war memorials we remember the names of all those lads and lasses from the area who died serving the country in the 1914 -18 and the 1939 -45 war as well as those we have lost in recent conflicts.”
He went on to say:
“In Eastleigh the names of the civilian wartime dead are inscribed in the parish book of remembrance and we commemorate them every Remembrance Sunday.”
“We even parade horses on Remembrance Day to commemorate the large number of horses who died in service during the First World War”.
Norman explained he was not against the idea of a separate peace memorial and would support the idea of one in the borough.
Fair Oak and Horton Heath Parish Council meet tonight at Fair Oak Village Hall, Shorts Road at 7.30pm.
The meeting is open to the public.[poll id=”2″]
Do you agree with Norman? Surely Old Soldiers should decide the best way to remember their fallen comrades? What do you think?