A new art installation to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War has been unveiled in different places of worship including Westminster Abbey, a Sikh temple, a Mosque and a Synagogue.

The aim of 'There But Not There' is to raise money for veterans charities as part of a year-long campaign to commemorate, educate and heal.

In the interview above, former Head of the British Army and patron of Remembered, the charity behind the art installation, General the Lord Dannatt, spoke to Forces Radio BFBS' Hal Stewart on 'Totally Connected' about the project.

"The purpose is to take the names off the memorials on the wall and bring the people back into the pews of their churches, of their synagogues, of their mosques, of their schools... so that from the wall they're back in their community."

'There But Not There' aims to place a silhouette, representing someone who made the ultimate sacrifice, around the country, into their place of worship, their school, their workplace or wherever they were missed.

In the report below Forces News' Amy Matthews speaks to Lord Dannatt and Navraj Singh, Joint General Secretary, Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Sikh Temple.

Lord Dannatt explains that 'There But Not There' began with three objectives in mind. Firstly, it is important to commemorate those who lost their lives in the First World War 100 years ago.

Secondly, to educate younger generations about the sacrifices veterans have made. Lord Dannatt is very clear about this.

"... war is appalling and we really need to do everything we possibly can to avoid falling into another horrific war like the First World War."

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Tommies stand watch over the Grave Of The Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey

And finally to raise money to help the healing process. The charities who will benefit from the money raised all work tirelessly to help those suffering from a mental illness due to their service.

To date, the 'There But Not There' project has raised £1.8 million for The Royal Foundation, The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation, Walking With The Wounded, Combat Stress, Help for Heroes and Project Equinox.

People can buy their own statues to help raise money and be part of the 2018 remembrance campaign. As Lord Dannatt says:

"Go online... buy a ten inch Tommy, buy one of the silhouettes and get involved in the campaign."

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Two Tommy silhouettes and several clear perspex silhouettes rest peacefully in Alyth Synagogue in London

The Tommy statues and their commemorative packaging are made by veterans employed by the Royal British Legion Industries.

Places, where people go to worship, have been encouraged to apply for a grant to host them.

On June 1 the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust is making money available to communities who want to join in the remembrance event but don't have the funds available.

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Tommies stand guard at Palmers Green Mosque

The ghostly seated silhouettes represent people from different faiths who died in the conflict.

Pictures: Remembered

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