Here’s a nice story in the press today.
To honor the sacrifice of soldiers lost in operations in Afghanistan there have been calls for councils to rename streets after fallen soldiers. Dagenham has two streets already named after Rifleman Martin Kinggett and Private Tony Rawson. It is something that lives on after these men have lost their lives and can act as a constant reminder to those they left behind.
It is not entirely a new concept. Mural’s, buildings and wings of hospitals are often named after our societies most prominent citizens. An entire wall on a building in Watts’ Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice in Postman’s Park London is covered in the names of those who lost their lives saving others. In Garrison towns in The US streets are named after entire lost regiments of men. In Pirbright we have a barracks dedicated to Private Johnson Beharry, the Grenedian soldier who was awarded the Victoria Cross in Iraq, and he is not even dead yet.
We have toyed with the idea at WellFound for a while now. If a church, group or individual were to raise enough money to build a well we could name that well after them. Perhaps in the form of a plaque.
Very often people give money to charity anonymously or effectively anonymously seeing as those who benefit never hear their name. This is fine to an extent, its not as if our supporters raise money for the kudos but is seems a shame that those who benefit will never get a chance to say thank you in any way. As well’s are not simply Mural’s but life giving structures the wells could act as a reminder as to the generosity of those half a world away. Nobody really thinks about the world once they are gone but if you do it is a comforting thought to think that something that emblazons your name can help keep children and hope alive in a place where both are at risk
Told you it was a nice story.