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New Dartford memorial to honour war heroes

PUBLISHED: 10:26 04 March 2015 | UPDATED: 10:26 04 March 2015

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Benches will be a tribute to Armed Forces past and present

Two memorial benches are to be installed in Dartford’s Central Park as a tribute to those who gave their lives in war and to honour the courage of the men and women serving in our Armed Forces.

Hundreds of people have pledged their support for the benches on a webpage set up by the council, which has set itself a target of 1,914 supporters.

They will be placed in the Garden of Remembrance by the war memorial, and will be unveiled on Wednesday at 11am by Dartford mayor Avtar Sandhu and council leader Jeremy Kite. All are welcome.

Supporters of the benches are not being asked to give any money, merely to tick a box saying they “pledge support for the men and women of our Armed Forces and thank them for their courage and service.”

Cllr Kite said he was “delighted” by the show of support.

“Our great country asks a huge amount of our armed services, just as we have done throughout history,” he said.

“We have commissioned these benches to show that we will never forget the sacrifice made by so many and to demonstrate the huge commitment of Dartford people to honour those serving today.

“They will be a fine addition to the memorial gardens and I thank the hundreds of local people who took the time to pledge their support.

“When it’s all done, we will present the names of all those who have pledged support to Dartford Museum so that future generations will be able to research how the benches came about and how many people wanted them.”

To pledge your support go to www.dartford.gov.uk/memorialbench

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