craft:pegg to create National War Memorial
Dover’s white cliffs may soon become the home of a new National War Memorial. The proposed memorial seeks to commemorate the 1.7 million serviceman and women, merchant navy personnel and civilians who died during the first and second world wars. A visual testament to Britain’s war heroes, it is hoped the memorial will serve as a reminder of the sacrifice they made for their country.
The design, by landscape architects craft:pegg comprises 12 white, granite walls, each one representing the years of conflict. Each wall will be inscribed with the names of the 1.7 million who died during the wars, so that they may not be forgotten. The simple beauty of the inscriptions will undoubtedly create a powerful statement with British citizens across the country.
The memorial will be built at the huge Napoleonic-era fortifications at Western heights, particularly poignant, as the cliffs were the point of departure for many soldiers during both wars and an international icon for defense. As well as being a great national gesture of remembrance, it is hoped that the memorial will help to attract new visitors to Dover and extend the stay of existing visitors.
The goal is to have the memorial in place for an opening on 4 August 2014, the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.