In Memoriam 2014 | Supporters
Tell us about your war memorial
"I, like most people, have been appalled by the instances of theft from, and desecration of, our war memorials in recent times. Of course, the Government commends any initiative that commemorates the sacrifices of those who served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces and died in the service of their country. It is to be hoped that the forthcoming centenary of the outbreak of the First World War will raise awareness about the condition of our war memorials. I recognise and appreciate the sterling work being carried out by the War Memorials Trust to help bring this about, so I would like to wish it every success in its efforts."
The Right Honourable David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
"Projects such as In Memoriam 2014 are a testament to this country's determination to remember our dead. I was particularly interested in learning about the role SmartWater can play in preventing crime and helping to ensure that our memorials serve as a focal point for commemorations."
The Right Honourable Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
"War memorials are there so that people of our generation, and the next generation, would never forget the sacrifice that was made. They were intended to be a permanent reminder of the sacrifices brave men and women made, and of the losses sustained by families and communities. The whole purpose of the memorial is to act as a physical reassurance that the deaths have not been in vain. It is a promise from the living to the dead – that we will always revere what they had done. It is therefore tragic when the monuments are cynically stolen so that the thief can make a few pounds. As for desecrating a memorial, the act is beneath contempt. I encourage our communities to look after the memorials and thank all the volunteers who are already doing this."
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
"As the centenary of World War I approaches, In Memoriam 2014 encourages communities to reconnect with their local war memorials and remember the sacrifice that so many people made for their country. It is an exciting prospect for the SmartWater Foundation to be a partner with the War Memorials Trust in this project. The Foundation’s main role will be to offer greater protection for war memorials in the United Kingdom by offering SmartWater which is a proven crime deterrent, free of charge. I hope that people embrace what this project offers and take an interest in locating and preserving these symbols of our commemoration."
Sir Keith Povey, SmartWater Foundation Chairman
"The majority of war memorials in this country were erected after World War One, so they are nearing their own centenary. Sadly it did not prove to be the war to end all wars and many more names have been added to our national role of honour since. The In Memoriam 2014 campaign is an excellent, practical programme to ensure that we remember the sacrifices made for our freedom in the horrors of wars. I am delighted that War Memorials Trust is a partner in this endeavour. Each community erected the memorials in the first place and the campaign will help them conserve them now."
Rt. Hon. Lord Cope of Berkeley, War Memorials Trust Trustee
"This project is an opportunity to protect war memorials in communities across the UK. War Memorials Trust seeks to both protect and conserve this unique part of our national heritage and so I am delighted to be supporting this project. I encourage people to take an active interest in the project and ensure the custodians of your local war memorials are taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity to protect your local war memorial free of charge."
Meg Hillier MP Hackney South and Shoreditch, War Memorials Trust Trustee
"In Memoriam 2014 provides us all with an opportunity to reaffirm our gratitude and respect for those who died defending this country and the freedom we continue to enjoy 100 years after the beginning of World War I. In Memoriam 2014 is a practical and meaningful way of showing our respect for the fallen by combating those whose desecration shows such disrespect. War memorials are a symbol of community memory, continuity and a physical way in which successive generations show their respect. My hope is that people in every community with a war memorial will gain a deeper appreciation for each other through their shared history as a result of taking part in In Memoriam 2014. I wholeheartedly commend this project and all the people young and old who get involved in it."
David Burrowes MP, Member of Parliament for Enfield and Southgate
"I support this project whole-heartedly it provides a very real link with the past and demonstrates how communities value what we owe to those who died for their country."
Tony Arbour JP, Assemblyman for Hounslow, Kingston and Richmond