Friday, 11 November 2011
Remembrance in Broken Barnet
Last month there was a story in the local press about an admirable woman called Catherine Loveday, who has been campaigning for some time for the restoration of war memorials in Barnet, and is now trying to do the same for those in Hendon and Edgware.
Frankly, I think is is a shameful indictment of the prevailing lack of respect for our heritage in this borough that any of our war memorials should have been so neglected and allowed to deteriorate to this extent, and I hope that more support will be given to the preservation of these monuments.
I would like to think that our council would become more supportive of these and other local features of our common past, but sadly the current administration is only interested in divesting itself of the burden of responsibility for such things - and respect for the dead is not something that is to be expected from the easycouncil which so easily sells off cemeteries as a 'sweetener' to entice the jaded appetites of private companies on the prowl for public sector business.
Our memorials are not only historic monuments and social documents, they are a reminder of the debt we owe to our armed forces, past and present, and we do not have the right to forget the reason for their existence, even if those wars seem very distant now, and have been replaced, with a horrible inevitability, by new conflicts, and a new and ever increasing loss of life.