Mark the map for the fallen at the National Memorial Arboretum

Mon, 06/08/2018 - 16:08

Map for the Fallen

Members of the public are invited to the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, to contribute to a magnificent outdoor art installation remembering those who fought in the First World War. ‘Flags For The Fallen’ follows a series of temporary art installations that marked the centenary of significant moments in the First World War, such as En Masse to mark the Battle of The Somme, and ‘Heartfelt messages’ which commemorated the Battle of Passchendaele. The creation of ‘Flags For The Fallen’ has been overseen by Julie Edwards and Ron Thompson, of ‘Planet Art’, who were the creative force behind En Masse.

Armistice Day 2018 will mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, ‘Flags For The Fallen’ forms part of the Arboretum’s programme of commemorations for this significant occasion. Visitors can decorate a flag in tribute to a soldier who fell during the conflict and each flag will be added to a giant map of the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Commonwealth countries, marking where they came from, to create a growing memorial of those who served their country.

The Flags will each be uniquely decorated by a member of the public, passing tribute to the momentous sacrifice that each soldier and their families made. They will be clearly seen from the Armed Forces Memorial, as the flags flutter freely and mature over the four months until the centenary of Armistice on 11 November. It is hoped that the map will attract contributions from people across the country, with flags representing people from every major town and city. Visitors are encouraged to bring details of any particular soldier from their area who they wish to commemorate.

Aysha Afridi, Head of Heritage and Learning, National Memorial Arboretum, said; “Following the previous success with En Masse as part of our Battle of the Somme programme, it is fantastic to be working with Julie and Ron again to create another special event to commemorate those who gave their lives in the First World War. We hope members of the public from across country will come together to commemorate the centenary of armistice in this unique and artistic way, ensuring representation from all countries and regions.”

Julie Edwards and Ron Thompson, ‘Planet Art’, said; “Flags For The Fallen installation encourages members of the public to explore the momentous sacrifice that was made by those who fought in The First World War. The act of decorating the flags, gives visitors the opportunity to express their thanks and remembrance in a unique and individual way through art. We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with the National Memorial Arboretum again, to help individuals express their remembrance of loved ones who fought, or to commemorate all the soldiers who fell during the First World War.”