LETTER TO THE FALLEN PROJECT AUSTRALIA

 
 

‘In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow, between the crosses row on row’ are the opening lines of one of the most famous poems of the First World War.  The wooden crosses have now become gravestones commemorating the fallen with many bearing the simple words ‘An Australian Soldier Of The Great War’ who is ‘Known Unto God’.  Who is this Australian soldier?  We will never know.  A husband who kissed his expectant wife goodbye, never to see her again or set eyes upon his child.  An only son of a grieving mother.  The fiance of a girl back home in Australia who would never wed the man who left in khaki.  A teenager who had put his age up and run away from home to fight at the front.


If you could write a letter to this fallen soldier what would you say to him?


A Letter to the Fallen Project was launched with a letter from the former Prime Minister of Australia, the Rt Hon Tony Abbott on 30 March 2015 and invites young and old to write a letter to this unknown fallen Australian soldier whose grave is in Flanders Fields.  Perhaps the writer ‘knows‘ who he was.  Someones great great grandfather or great great uncle who left in 1915 and at last there is the the opportunity to thank him for what he did.  Perhaps it is a letter from the grieving ‘mother‘ to her fallen son or maybe one from the young lady who waited in vain for her fiance to return.  The son or daughter who never knew their father for their mother was the one expecting when she kissed her husband goodbye.  The letter could be one that lets the soldier know that his sacrifice in the Great War was to no avail for it was not the war to end all wars.   Or maybe a ‘newsy’ letter about how things are at home in Australia.


Until 11am on Sunday 11 November 2018 people from all walks of life are invited to contribute to contribute a letter.  In December 2018 101 randomly selected letters will be taken to ten war cemeteries in France and Belgium where at each cemetery ten letters will be read at the graves of ten unknown Australian soldiers.  And the one odd letter.  That will be read at the tomb of the unknown soldier in Canberra.......... 


Our target is 61,300 letters - one for each soldier that did not return to Australia.


Support this project and be part of history.......................


THE LETTER TO THE FALLEN WEBSITE IS CURRENTLY BEING UPDATED AND A SELECTION OF LETTERS RECEIVED WHICH ALREADY NUMBER IN THEIR THOUSANDS WILL BE ADDED OVER THE COMING MONTHS

6 MAY 2018

 

61,300 LETTERS