The Path of the Remembered

Commemorate the Battle of the SommeThe Path of the Remembered

People of all ages, both Lions members and the general public, are being invited to take part in a very special national project to commemorate the Battle of the Somme. ‘The Path of the Remembered’ encourages us all to take a moment and make a ‘memory square’ dedicated to a man or woman affected by the Battle – one of the most devastating in military history. The closing date for entries is 17 June 2016 and you can take part online at

All the memory squares will feature on the website for others to see and the first 5,000 will be printed on ceramic tiles and laid into a temporary path at Heaton Park in Manchester on the 1 July 2016. Following on from the temporary path, the tiles will then be donated to a new Manchester based Veteran village for use in their landscaped gardens.

Journalist Kate Adie has already shared her dedication, along with many others. You can take part by choosing anyone you wish to remember: a relative, someone from your street or regiment, or someone whose story you want to share, for example: a nurse, a mother or a train driver.

Sara Robinson, the Project Director for the National Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme said “It’s through the individual stories of the men and women who lived through the war that we come to understand it’s true purpose and impact. The Path of the Remembered project aims to do just that, and is open to everyone. 

“We are hoping that as Lions members, with your commitment to community and peace, you will help us build a visual, historical ‘pathway’ made up of hundreds of mini tributes to those who went before us, a century ago."

How to Take Part

Use a black and white photo, make a drawing or a collage of words, then write a short dedication and upload it to the project website, click here for the full details.

If you have any questions please contact the Path of the Remembered project via email at or email Lion Mandy at

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