Posted 10 October 2009 - 07:52 am
The Remembering Today function has proved to be an especially popular feature with a wide range of names, ranks, regiments and cemeteries being represented. We receive many requests from people asking to have a loved one commemorated on the main banner at the top of the page. The names at present are selected in a entirely random fashion, to ensure a wide cross section of the dead are represented.
The proposal is to meet requests for Remembering Today in return for a donation to the Forum; however, we wish to stress at the outset that we mean no disrespect to the Great War generation in suggesting this proposal. The bare facts are that we currently require around £220 per month the keep the GWF online, and here perhaps is an opportunity to combine the needs of members and creditors to mutual satisfaction.
Some are able to donate much more than others, and we do not wish to see a loved one omitted on financial grounds, therefore there will be no minimum donation amount, however a donation must be received in order to have a name added to the database.
Please be assured that names will continue to appear every day, whether requested or drawn at random by Admin, and there will be no distinction between the two on display.
The GWF Team feels this service should be made available to anyone who has been a registered member for three months, irrespective of the number of posts they have made. This might encourage our silent majority to participate, and prevent a stream of new registrations for the sole purpose of requesting a casualty.
If implemented, requests would be taken on a first-come first-served basis. To prevent any arguments or an inundation of requests and any lengthy delays, the 1st July and 11th November will continue to be selected at random by the Admin team.
Advance notice of 2 weeks would be required to ensure members of the team can insert the name into the monthly database on time. To ensure that everyone has the chance to have a name included should they wish one, Pals will be limited to a maximum of two names during any calendar year, however only one donation is required for two names to be added.
It is not intended to include servicemen from non-Commonwealth countries at this time, however this may be reviewed in future should there be a demand.
The Remembering Section will remain in place for those who wish to remember loved ones.
Please PM requests for dates to Matt Dixon, and once a donation has been confirmed the name will be added and a confirmation will be sent to you.
The GWF Team