Football Remembers WWII is a commemoration project marking 75 years since the end of World War Two.
This year, young players from Premier League Academies responded to the Football Remembers Eleven films, produced in 2019, and paid tribute to WWII veterans by sending them moving messages through letters, poems, photos and films which were shared with the nation on social media on the 8 May – to mark VE Day 75.
For those who gave so much, we thank you
In August, Academies commemorated 75 years since the end of the war in the East, or VJ Day 75. Learning about the atomic bombs and the price paid by the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, players contributed to an origami wreath for the Children’s memorial in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park as well as writing Haikus (traditional Japanese verse form) in the spirit of friendship with Japan.
Arsenal, Bournemouth, Brighton Hove Albion, Burnley, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Fulham, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Watford, West Ham, and Wolverhampton Wanderers Academies all took part in virtual commemoration activities.
The messages and tributes have been gathered together to make a moving legacy book that has been shared with the Academies that took part.