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The Veterans' Association. I AN IMPERIAL MEMORIAL SCHEME. To the Editor, Amman Valley Chronicle. 5;r,- The Veterans' Association venture to ask not only the courtesy of your columns, but also your cordial co-operation in bringing more prominently before the public a scheme for the promotion of which the Association was formed. By means of this scheme the Empire will prove itself not unmindful of its duty by brightening and in a large measure securing .the future of those who in fighting for us have handicapped themselves in the battle of life. Above all things the danger of overlapping must be avoided, and it is sufficient to say that the work of the Veterans' Association in no way conflicts with that of any other insti- tution, that it assists all and that it has as its nucleus the Veterans' Club, which prior to the war filled a felt want, and which during the last four years has given most adequate proof of the wisdom and foresight of its founders. The Veterans' Association is becoming gradually recognised as the central organisa- tion of the Veterans of the Empire, but in order to meet the far-reaching needs of the future its scope must be widely extended. Accordingly, under the title of An Imperial Memorial," this comprehensive scheme of a sound Imperial character has been brought into being, and by its means mental and bodily comforts will be conferred upon such of the ex-service men of the Empire as need a helping hand. Through it there will be provide8 a Veterans' Headquarters and a clearing house and faci.Eties for obtaining ?'evt?ry kind of information, advice and assist- ance. Especially will it afford the means of rebuilding and maintaining the health of those who should still be as capable of adding to tlv strength of the Empire in peace as they were of safeguarding it in war. This Imperial Memorial will embody in itsell the duty which we owe to those who have stood between us and disaster. Jt is not intended to be a mere epitaph, but a practical plan promoted for the benefit and welief of those who have given so much for us, and always with the ?urther intention of making It?e-?i fit to carry on their duties as citizens. Ta those it helps it will be a token of our gratitudeâan institution in which they them- selves can take a personal pride. A small tribute indeed! But surely more practical thar brasses or memorial stones. It will be a permanent and visible recognition of their own efforts and of their comrades' sacrifices, and when endowed and established on an appro- priate scale it will serve as an inspiration to the patriotism of future generations. To carry out the project on adequate pre- liminary lines, a sum of at least £ 1,000,000 wiil be required for purchasing a site, erecting and endowing the necessary buildings for an enlarged Veterans' Club with at least 1,000 bedrooms and its own extended organisations, with special reference to representation of the Dominions and Colonies, the United States of America and Allies generally who have parti- cipated so gloriously in the war. This amount will also enable the Association to encourage the formation of kindred undertakings in other great cities of the Empire, and as part of the whole scheme to provide for the purchase and upkeep of a first convalescent home for men of His Majesty's Forces, who have been dis- charged to civil life, many of whom will from time to time unhappily require treatment. From our personal experience we confidently assert that such a convalescent home will help to fill one of the most urgent needs of the day. These discharged men cannot afford to pay medical fees, nor do they possess facilities for treatment in their own homes. It is therefore essential that they should be given the opportunity of the benefits of an institution of their own, and that they should not run the risk of being relegated to infirmaries, and we are glad to announce that the Veterans' Association has now at its dis- posal a definite means of providing for this necessity, as it has secured the option of the purchase of a property in Epping Forest capable of accommodating at least six hundred patients, and in all ways admirably suitable as a convalescent home. The Association appeals to all for help to establish this Memorial, which extends to the whole Empire, and in particular it appeals:â 1. To those who have been debarred from directly assisting by fighting for the Empire, and who now have an opportunity of helping to rebuild it in a way which will be a lasting tribute to the heroes who have fallen, and to our sailors, soldiers and airmen, who, offering themselves unstintingly, have survived the risk, and whose future must under no circumstances become a reproach to us. 2. To those who have lost some relatives and friends, and who would gladly see some permanent, practical memorial erected to their memory. Donations, large or small, should be for- warded to the Treasurers or the Secretary, Veterans' Association, 47. Bedford Row, W.C. 1. Any donations can, if desired, be specially devoted to the Convalescent Home, in which caes they should be marked Con- valescent Home." We are, Sir, yours, &c.Aga Khan; David Beatty; Lionel E. O. Charlton, Brig.- Gen. R.A.F.; R. H. Cox; Claude Champion de Crespigny; H. Bargrave Deane; Arthur Conan Doyle; Denbigh, Col.-Commanding H.A.C.; E. R. Fremantle; Lionel Halsey; J. H. Hertz, Chief Rabbi; Arthur R. Holbrook, Col.; W. Vansittart Howard; Louis Jackson, Major-Gen.; Roger Keyes; Ronald B. Lane, Major-Gen. A. F. London Charles F. Sebag Montefiore; Arthur Pearson; A. T. Sloggett, I t.-Cen. William R. Smith, Col. M.D.; Mark Sykei; H. L. Tomkins, Lt.-Col., Indian Army; Alfred E. Turner, Major-Gen.; Bernard Vaughan; H. F. Wilson.

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