UK Customs Solutions is proud to be supporting a local commemoration project for our war dead.
Residents and recent visitors to Felixstowe may have noticed signs posted up at 66 locations around the town, displaying a total of 212 names. Aside from remembrance, a key aim of the signs is to highlight the impact of conflict on the local community. Each one lists the name and address of those who died in that area, in either of the two world wars. They stand as a tribute not just to those who fell in battle, but to those residents who lost everything in bombing raids at home.
The project was coordinated by councillor Darren Aitchison, who also serves as Chairman of the Felixstowe Branch of the Royal British Legion. In a Town Council press release, Cllr Aitchison said
“The reason for creating the project was primarily to remember those that died during the wars but also to inform our residents about which areas of town we lost them from. Maybe they lived in your road – or even perhaps your house.”
Cllr Aitchison also passed on his appreciation to UKCS management:
“Thank you so much again for your contribution towards the cost of the signs. They are having the desired effect and are getting people to think about the fallen and remember them in a way that the names on the war memorial can’t do.”
We are of course more than happy to have been a part of this fascinating yet sobering reminder of the past, and join others in pausing to remember the sacrifices made by our ancestors.
Photos used with permission of the Felixstowe Remembers Facebook Group.