COVENTRY’S War Memorial Park has been rededicated during a special ceremony to kick off a year of centenary celebrations.
The popular area, which has now officially entered its 100th year as a key public space for the city’s residents, remembers the sacrifices of those who gave their lives during wars and conflict.
Coun Abdul Khan, Coventry City Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for parks, said:
“The War Memorial Park is a treasured space for so many generations of Coventry residents, and it was wonderful to be able to rededicate the park for many years to come and remind ourselves of why it was created.
“As well as being a beautiful space for so many to enjoy, it also serves as a poignant reminder of those who gave their lives for our freedom.
“The rededication ceremony was the beginning of a centenary year, and we are looking forward to being able to host bigger celebrations for the park’s anniversary to be enjoyed in the coming months.”
The rededication on July 9 was attended by guests, including Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, John Crabtree OBE, The Very Rev John Witcombe from the Diocese of Coventry, The Lord Mayor of Coventry, the Friends of the War Memorial Park and relatives of those remembered in the park.
A short ceremony rededicated the park’s purpose as a space for remembering those who lost their lives in the Great War of 1914 and the wars and conflicts since, marking the century that had passed and looking forward to the next 100 years of the park.