I DO not need to repeat that we should always remember with gratitude those that fought for our country in both World Wars and the troops who are still fighting for our country today.
The First World War marked a significant but tragic event in our history. It shaped a nation and people’s attitudes, as any war of such magnitude would, and had a huge impact on our society.
We all have ancestors who lived through both the world wars, so everyone living today has a connection with the wars that have taken place in our history. We should all remember them.
Wars leave a lasting impact on people’s attitudes and on society, even if we don’t always realise it. We should talk to our family and friends who lived through wartime and listen to their own individual stories.
This is why I want to share with you a grant programme to mark the centenary of the First World War, launched by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The purpose of the Then and Now programme is to help communities deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict. It is crucial that we mark the First World War for the youth of today to deepen their understanding.
At least £1m will be made available per year for six years until 2019. Grants between £3,000 and £10,000 will be provided to communities and groups who wish take part across the UK.
I encourage people in Wirral to become involved. We have a significant connection to First World War poet Wilfred Owen, as he grew up in Wirral, and there are other important stories, people and events to remember.
If your group has a project idea to mark the centenary, then the online application pack is now available at http://www.hlf.org.uk/ ThenAndNow