War hero street names

Labour is urging councils to follow the example of Barking and Dagenham and rename streets after war heroes. The borough has named roads after Private Tony Rawson and Rifleman Martin Kinggett who were killed in Afghanistan.

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Extracts from Labour's letter on street names

Dear [Council Leader],

We are writing with a proposal for commemoration of fallen members of the Armed Forces, which would enable communities to show sensitive and meaningful respect to those who lose their lives in service of their nation.

We would like to suggest that you consider a policy of offering families of fallen service personnel from your area a chance to have a street or road named after their loved one.

Such lasting recognition, if this were the wishes of the family, could be a poignant way of demonstrating the community’s admiration for those who serve and the value the whole country places on their courage and patriotism.

This idea is based on the practice of Barking and Dagenham Council, who have had two streets named after individuals who have died in the line of duty and a third is soon to be named in this way.

On each occasion, Barking and Dagenham consult bereaved families and also offer the chance to have an opening ceremony, to which community members, service charities and members of the military are invited.

We are not writing with a prescriptive proposal, but rather to articulate our strong belief that such an approach, if reflective of the wishes of service families, would be an important step for all Local Authorities to take to highlight the value we place on those who serve.

We very much hope this is something you will consider....

....A lot continues to be asked of our Forces overseas.

Changing a community’s physical environment to reflect the personal and individual sacrifices made for our national security could be a significant sign of our enduring respect for service men and women and their families.

Best wishes,

Rt Hon Jim Murphy MP Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP

Shadow Defence Secretary Shadow Communities & Local Government Secretary

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