How To Become A School Guardian

Can your school help to protect and preserve the memory of the 22,442 servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom by becoming a Guardian of the British Normandy Memorial?

Why the Memorial needs School Guardians

D-Day, 6 June 1944, is a date synonymous with all that is best: the indomitable spirit of a generation which would not be defeated; the courage and selflessness of the many thousands who took part in or made possible the greatest amphibious landings in history. Above all, it will be remembered with pride for centuries as the moment when Britain with its Allies restored to western Europe a prize of incalculable value: freedom.

The British Normandy Memorial will be a place of national importance where the last survivors of those events and the families of those who died in Normandy in 1944 will be able to remember – and where many thousands of others, now and in the future, will be able to reflect on the lessons of the past and how best to apply them to the present.

School Guardians will perpetuate the memory of the 22,442 servicemen to whom we owe an immeasurable debt. Your annual support of the Memorial will ensure the preservation and protection of the Memorial so that your generation and all those who follow, will never forget that greatest generation.

How to become a School Guardian

Through your inventiveness, creativity, talent and initiative to raise a minimum of £120 a year through fundraising activities …that can be anything from talent competitions to bake sales, sponsored challenges to a sponsored silence….

Your school will receive a Normandy Veteran signed certificate and will appear on the online Roll of Honour as a school dedicated to the memory of our D-Day heroes.

The Memorial will be opening in June 2021 and (subject to any continuing pandemic restrictions) will then be available to visitors. Of particular interest to school parties will be a digital visitor experience app which will guide visitors around the memorial and tell the stories of many of the servicemen and women whose names are recorded on it.

If you would like any further information please contact Director of Development, Julie Verne at Julie.verne@normandymemorialtrust.org

If you would like to gift a Guardianship, please contact Julie Verne at julie.verne@normandymemorialtrust.org with the full address of your friend or relative so that the Guardian Certificate can be posted to them directly.

Our Founding School Guardian 

Below is a film from St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School – our founding School Guardian –  for inspiration!  

The school has worked with our Normandy Veteran Patron George Batts for many years and is a dedicated supporter of the Trust.

Many of their activities took place prior to the Covid-19 social distancing restrictions and they plan to continue these into 2021 and beyond. Thank you to History Teacher Colm Murphy and all the staff and students at the school for their unending support of the Trust.

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