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Remembrance Day - A Silent Tribute


This Sunday is a particularly special Remembrance Day as we commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1. It’s a time when we remember all those who are affected by war, both then and now. Here at Mum’s guide to Harpenden we were touched that Harpenden Town Council had quietly placed new Tommy statues on Harpenden high street, in Batford and Southdown and so we contacted the council and the patron of this wonderful campaign (who incidentally was also the incredible man behind the installation of the Poppies at the Tower of London)… 

“Harpenden Town Council is taking part in the national initiative 'There But Not There' in commemoration of the end of the WW1, purchasing and installing three 6ft Tommy silhouettes as the Council's way of recognising those that made the ultimate sacrifice.” Carl Cheevers, Harpenden Town Council 

Here is a personal thank you to Harpenden from Lord Dannatt, the Patron of the campaign: 

“I think it is wonderful that there are three Tommies in Harpenden.  The three aims of the “There But Not There” campaign are to commemorate those who fell in the First World War, to help educate younger generations that we must continually search to find better ways of solving disputes than through war, and to help heal those injured in recent campaigns.  The money raised from the sale of the Tommies will help charities working to help those injured in the Falklands, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.  Thank you, Harpenden, for your brilliant support.”  General The Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL, Patron: “There But Not There”.

“The Tommy statues are a part of the Council's efforts to celebrate 100 years since WWI. In addition to the traditional Remembrance Service and parade outside the war memorial on November 11 there will be special beacon lighting ceremony to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War held on Harpenden Common.” Harpenden Town Council 

For more details about the parade and beacon lighting in Harpenden please see our What’s On pages and for how you can purchase your own miniature Tommy silhouette please head to: www.therebutnotthere.org.uk


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