‘To those who lost their lives, we promise never to forget.
To those who survived, we promise never to forget.
To those who bore witness, we promise never to forget.
And to the next generation, we must never forget.
Together we will work to build a fitting memorial.
One that will stand the test of time and act as a permanent symbol of remembrance.
Forever in our hearts.’
These are the poignant words spoken by the Grenfell Tower Memorial Commission’s community representatives, in their first video message published today, and ahead of the fourth anniversary of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
In their direct message to bereaved families, survivors and local residents, the community representatives emphasise their wish to hear the hopes and ideas of as many bereaved families, survivors and residents as possible. This will ensure that the future memorial is developed by the community, for the community. The Memorial Commission has heard from a lot of people already but wants the memorial to reflect the thoughts, ideas and feelings of many more and, most importantly, the bereaved families.
In the video, filmed in and around the Lancaster West estate where the Tower stands, the community representatives voice some of their own wishes for the memorial. They hope that it will leave a legacy and a long-lasting symbol of remembrance; a source of education that helps to ensure the tragedy is never forgotten and brings positive change; a place where people can come together and pay their respects; and a representation of the love and unity within this special community.
The community representatives and the co-chairs are keen to speak to you however it suits you best and in whatever language you are most comfortable with. Please see the online contact page for the different ways to get in touch and to sign up to the Memorial Commission’s newsletter. You can also follow them on Twitter and Instagram.
The Memorial Commission’s independent co-chairs, Michael Lockwood and Thelma Stober, have also released a video today, in which Michael speaks on behalf of both co-chairs and gives a message of support to the Memorial Commission and the whole community at this time.
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