A competition to design a new memorial to mark the role of Royal Navy submariners has just been launched.
School children and Sea Cadets are among those being encouraged to put pen to paper for the tribute.
The plan is to unveil the site of remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire next year.
The Submariner Memorial Appeal has partnered with the Sea Cadets in a competition to design the installation which will mark the role Royal Navy submariners have played over the last 119 years.
Commander Tom Herman, Submarine Flotilla Secretary, is thrilled the two organisations are working together. He said:
“The Sea Cadet organisation is absolutely brilliant.
“I’m absolutely delighted they’re promoting our competition to all their units, because I think that will help them understand and they’ll become part of our family in a way.”
Despite the role Royal Navy submariners have played for more than a century, the service only has tributes to remember the lives lost by personnel in the First and Second World Wars.
The Submarine Service is aiming to fundraise the £300,000 needed to build the site of remembrance. Tom says it will honour the whole submariner community. He said:
“It isn’t just the sacrifice of those who have given their lives, but the sacrifice of their families that we want to remember.”
Sea Cadets maintain strong and proud links with the Royal Navy, and since the first incarnation of the military themed group in 1856, it has given young people the chance to experience a different kind of adventure.
Dean Jeffreys, Head of Learning & Delivery, says the competition will strengthen the group’s association with the Senior Service. He said:
“Through the close links to the Royal Navy it gives our young people the chance to give thanks for the contribution made by submariners across many, many years.”
Since UK lockdown began in March this year, many of the 15,000 10 to 18-year-old cadets have logged on to virtual activities, and now have summer adventure programmes planned. These include courses, challenges and competitions.
Dean is confident the design contest will bolster the art of thinking outside the box. He said:
“So I think we have some really, really creative young people who will probably actually create some quite interesting designs.”
As well as members of the public of all ages, Sea Cadets from more than 400 units around the UK are being encouraged to draw up plans for the site of remembrance and could win prizes, including £1,000 for the winning design. The winner will also be invited, along with other cadets, to attend the opening of the memorial by HRH Prince William, Commodore-in-Chief Submarines.
The competition is open to all and will close at the end of August.
To find out more and enter the competition visit: www.submarinermemorial.uk