Acclaimed author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo has given his support to a striking new World War 1 Cenotaph to be created by blacksmiths and farriers in Flanders, Belgium.The contribution and suffering of horses and those who cared for them were brought to popular culture in Morpurgo’s bestselling novel War Horse and the National Theatre’s award-winning production.
Reflecting on recent international events Michael Morpurgo said “This truly is a unique project, and it is important because it’s the first Cenotaph for everyone in a time when we understand peace is so important.”
Over £100k has already been raised for the Ypres 2016 project and in launching the appeal Morpurgo explained “I would ask you to open your hearts and your pockets and help all you can to enable this extraordinary project to happen.”
The week-long Ypres 2016 event in the market square in Ypres in Flanders this September will be spectacular. With blacksmiths and farriers from all over the world gathering to create the Cenotaph it will be a spectacular sight and sound
– Michael Morpurgo