Planning a Memorial
A memorial is not erected from one day to the next; it is the outcome of a project, which requires careful planning, support from many quarters and several years to complete.
It has taken 5 years for the Luxemburg Memorial Ground, an immense undertaking, to reach its present state. More trees still need to be planted.
If countries are to achieve a National Memorial by the end of the Decade of Action – 2020, then planning and work will need to start very urgently!
Below is an example of possible stages needed for a memorial to become a reality:
Appointment of a Project Manager over a longer period (2-3 years)
Initial consultation with organizations and individuals working in the road victim support and road safety fields, for feedback and approval. A resulting Project Committee, of members with skills and knowledge in relevant specialist fields, would be responsible for overseeing the project.
Further consultations, via working groups or forums, in order to generate widest support for the Memorial, ideas for its potential design and funding.
Collating a list of necessary components prior to inviting submissions, which would include: accessibility to the public, accessibility to disabled, right place for contemplation, safety, high artistic merit, cost-effectiveness, representativeness of citizens of the country, etc.
Appointment of a Panel to assess submissions and choose winning entry.
Planning the process from design to memorial and any work on the chosen site, by the Project Manager, overseen by Project Committee.
Placing the memorial.
Inauguration ceremony – the World Day of Remembrance is an ideal day!