Good News: The Statue cast goes to the foundry.
Our fundraising has achieved sufficient funds for the cast to go to the foundry. Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone involved in fund raising, your hard work and donations has ensured the success of the project. However, due to a busy schedule at the foundry, work cannot start until February 2012. This means that we are unable to unveil the statue this June. The unveiling ceremony will now take place in June 2013. We understand that many people will feel disappointed, but the casting takes many months and cannot be ready before July/August.
I am most grateful to everyone who have contributed to the statue fund, thanks to you we can now guarantee the casting. We have received donations from all over the world. Donations have been sent by individuals, groups and clubs, Pipe Bands, Charities and Charitable Foundations. School children have collected funds from their parents and grandparents. I have received letters with donations from the son’s and daughters of D-day Veterans thanking us for this tribute to them.
Your kindness and generosity has made the foundry stage a reality. We need to continue fundraising for the next stage, to make the unveiling an event to remember. At the statue site we intend to build a wreath laying area for future generations to visit and to remember those who gave their lives on the beaches of Normandy.
Your continued support is vital for our success. Please help to raise awareness by contacting your local newspapers, every town has a Royal British Legion and every RBL will have D-day Veterans. I hope to meet you all and thank you personally at the unveiling in June 2013.
D-day Piper Bill Millin Association