Lately, I have been thinking about the contributions we can make towards the maintenance of war memorials. I have come to the conclusion that there are at least four ways in which we can make such contributions. And I have decided to focus on the same, in today’s article.
The first way in which we can contribute towards the maintenance of war memorials is by donating funds to the people who do the actual maintenance work. Keeping a war memorial looking good costs quite a bit of money. In places where governments don’t allocate money to these types of projects, it becomes necessary to finance the maintenance using private funds, including donations.
The second way in which we can contribute towards the maintenance of war memorials is by donating time, and using it to work on the memorial sites.
The third way in which we can contribute towards the maintenance of war memorials is by simply raising awareness about the memorials. For a war memorial to serve its intended purpose, it has to be well known. Thus, by raising awareness about war memorials, and trying to get people to visit them regularly, you’d be going a long way. The most successful war memorials (such as the Scottish National War Memorial) are, by definition, the ones that are well known. Thus if, for instance, you visit a war memorial, you can share the photos on social media. That will make many people know about the war memorial. It will also help make it look ‘cool’ to visit such memorials. That may attract more people to visit the memorials.
The fourth way in which we can contribute towards the maintenance of war memorials is petitioning our political leaders to push for proper maintenance of the memorials. If there is such pressure, the political leaders are bound to give in. That would in turn lead to more resources being allocated to matters to do with the maintenance of war memorials.