The 11th November is vastly approaching, with commemorative events taking place up and down the country to the mark 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. Here at AWS, we have been looking into events being hosted in our local area, to pay our respects to those who paved the way for our world today.
The Poppy icon has been used to symbolise the end of the First World War since 1921; to commemorate all those who lost their lives during war.
Many ask why a poppy?
During the war land was destroyed by countless battles, resulting in lack of vegetation. However in Western Europe scarlet corn poppies naturally thrived in the conditions that remained, filling the fields of Northern France and Flanders.
The poppies were recognised in John McCrae’s famous poem, 'In Flanders Fields' where he honoured his fellow colleagues who he fought alongside during the war. The poppy later came to being the symbol to represent military veteran groups apart of the British Empire.
Here is a taster of events taking place in AWS’s local area:
· 11th November- two minutes silence being held in Manor Walks Cramlington at 11am
· 11th November- gathering held outside Morpeth Town Hall 10.50am – 11am
· 11th November- Memorial at Hexham Abbey, 3pm hosted by Duchess of Northumberland
· 14th November – remembrance parade beginning from Salvation Army Bedlington 2.15pm
· 14th November- remembrance service St Nicolas Church Cramlington 10am
So why not check out what’s happening in your local area this weekend for the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.