Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Centennial at the Grass Roots: Saving Hallowed Ground

Saving Hallowed Ground is a worldwide organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of monuments and markers, commemorating America's veterans and patriots wherever they may be found. Below you can view a video describing the organization and learn about their preservation work for the World War I monument at Malvern, PA.

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Founder and Preservation Specialist Eugene Hough was asked to describe how Saving Hallowed Ground will be operating and making contact with the public, especially young people:

We will establish points of contact with community schools in both urban and rural communities and facilitate educational outreach to guide student teams in researching and reporting on veterans' names commemorated on the local monuments. Students will be invited to participate in guided hands-on conservation clinics on the monuments themselves, thus promoting stewardship of these important sites into the future. As you are aware, there are thousands of monuments, markers and plaques dedicated to our citizens and veterans who served and supported the Great War effort. Please visit our website at if you would like to participate in or contribute to our project.


  1. What a great project, with the dual aim to restore the monuments and get students involved in learning about the war.

  2. Local councils or individuals here in the UK can apply for a small grant to help clean and restore names on their war memorials. My own village memorial cost was £600 made up from a grant of £300 plus the balance found by the local council.