Memorials belong to the people

PUBLISHED: 02:01 28 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:23 10 June 2010

MAY we just clear one or two points regarding the Royal British Legion and memorials. The Royal British Legion very rarely supply finance towards the erection of memorials; this is not within their remit. The RBL do wonderful work for all service personn

MAY we just clear one or two points regarding the Royal British Legion and memorials.The Royal British Legion very rarely supply finance towards the erection of memorials; this is not within their remit.The RBL do wonderful work for all service personnel in the field of health, welfare and rehabilitation of our armed forces - in this they cannot be bettered.Memorials are, therefore, not under their jurisdiction but are provided through the public purse - in our town by Exmouth Urban District Council and a donation from the Rolle (Clinton) estates. It was paid for and erected in 1921 but, until 2002 when we were elected, no one had full responsibility, including EDDC which wanted no control over it other than for planning purposes.After contacting spokespersons at regional RBL HQ, a central office, I am advised that the local furore that has arisen is driven by a 'handful of members' of the Exmouth Branch RBL, not by the RBL in general.Mr Tom May has, for some time, spoken out against the cross and suggested it be altered but, until now, no one has been listening.We, as an elected group, have more responsibility for the memorial than any other and, as such, totally abhor the idea of removing either the memorial or the cross from its present site.The RBL do wonderful work for all servicemen and women, and their services of remembrance are honourable occasions and attended by many,The memorials, Mr May, belong to the people across the whole nation, not the RBL, so please don't use your position to alter history and insult the names of our war dead - you, of all people, should know better.Lionel Howell,Public Relations Officer,Exmouth War Memorial Fund,10 Cheshire Road, Exmouth.

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