Peace Memorial for Walton
LIVERPOOL'S Lord Mayor has unveiled a peace
memorial in Walton to remember those who lost their lives in World War
On Friday, 7 August 2015, the Lord Mayor, Councillor Tony Concepcion, was be joined by
veterans and community members at the blessing of the 3 foot high marble
memorial in Walton Hall Park.
Before the unveiling the
Lord Mayor Councillor Tony Concepcion said:- "I am delighted to be
unveiling this commemorative plinth recognising the sacrifices made by those in
the 1st World War and subsequent conflicts.
The Walton community should be incredibly proud of the effort and work that has
gone into ensuring this area of the City never forgets those who gave their life
for our freedom. I hope this will continue to be a symbol of peace, hope,
remembrance and reflection for many generations to come."
Members of the local community in Walton were concerned that there was no
lasting memorial in the area to those who lost their lives during the 1st
World War and subsequent battles.
The initiative was led largely by Councillor Roy Gladden and in 2014 the 1st
phase took shape when a cross of poppies was planted to commemorate the
Anniversary of the start of World War 1.
Councillor Gladden said:- "This memorial really is a testament to the
determination of everyone involved in ensuring that Walton and its residents
never forget those who have gone to war and never returned home and the daily
struggles of those left behind.
This area is a fitting tribute to our service personnel and I hope that the
schoolchildren who will maintain it learn the lessons of the past to ensure a
safer future. I hope it remains for them and the local community a sign of hope
This year the second phase takes place as a 3 foot high black marble plinth is
put in place alongside the cross of poppies. The marble plinth will be
officially blessed by Reverend Trevor Lathom, Vicar of Walton on the Hill
Schoolchildren from Gwladys St and Alsop Schools, in conjunction with Glendales,
will look after the site, which is hoped will encourage them to get outdoors and
learn about horticulture and wildlife and will hopefully teach the children more
about the history of the conflict.