There are war memorials and cenotaphs in many places.
Not everyone is remembered on those memorials but every village or town in our land is proud to have a public place of remembrance where the names of the fallen, who went from that place, are inscribed for all to see. A community remembers its own, reminding future generations of their sacrifice on our behalf.
In Cornholme each church had own memorial but the names of all those killed in recent wars came together when a cenotaph was erected, by public subscription, by the roadside, outside Vale Baptist Chapel. On November 11 each year traffic would stop and people gather round the statue to honour the men who had worked or played alongside them.
For a few days at the beginning of August, Vale Baptist Chapel is hosting an exhibition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War - all are welcome, there is no entrance charge and the first 50 people will be given a replica testament, like the one soldiers were given as they finished training and were sent off to fight.
The displays will be on view on Saturday, August 2, from 10am until 2pm; on Sunday, August 3, from noon to 2pm; and on Monday, August 3, from 10am until noon. Refreshments will be served.
On Sunday, August 3, there will be a special service of commemoration at 10.30am, during which all the names on the memorial will be read out, each man remembered, just as he was when the angel memorial was first unveiled.
The memorial itself will shortly be cleaned and re-appointed by Nick Roberson, who has undertaken the work to replicate the Byaes statues which will be unveiled at the Garden of Remembrance in Centre Vale Park in the autumn, thanks to some 50-50 funding from the War Memorials Trust through heritage consultants Built Heritage Consultancy, whose team include Todmordian Paul Clarke, which played a pivotal role in the successful grant application, and Calderdale Council.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet member for communities, Coun Steve Sweeney, said: “It’s really important that War Memorials are kept in a good state of repair, and are a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives fighting for their country.
“As such, we are working on a project to restore every war memorial in Calderdale, commemorating the centenary of the First World War.
“Work on the War Memorial at Vale Baptist Church is due to start very shortly. The total restoration cost will be around £1,280.
“This is split between funding from the council of 50 per cent of this cost, with the remainder funded through a successful application for a grant from the War Memorials Trust.
“We have also nearly completed the restoration of Todmorden War Memorial, and are planning works on all other memorials within the borough, to have each one restored throughout the centenary period.”