Ilkeston - The Town Remembers
w/e 13 November 2005
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Collecting Point

Members of the Royal British Legion were out in force last week collecting for the annual Poppy Appeal. One collecting point was in the main entrance to the Co-Op where a volunteer collector who was a member of the medical corps during the Second World War found time to exchange memories with another veteran who was formerly in the Marines.
Headway Window

The first donations for artificial poppies were given in 1921, inspired by John McCrae's 1915 poem "In Flanders' Fields". The Poppy Factory founded in 1922 followed a suggestion to the Legion by Major George Howson that members of the Disabled Society he had formed to help disabled ex-Service personnel, could assemble the artificial poppies. That continues to this day and examples of some artificial poppies were used alongside a collection of photographs and documents in the window display of the Headway Charity Shop on Bath Street.

Another shop that produced a fine display commemorating 60 years since the end of the Second World War as well as all those that have fallen in the service of their country in other conflicts was Moores Flowers International on South Street.
Side By Side

On Armistice Day itself, Friday, veterans stood side by side with children from Chaucer School and members of the general public to pay their respects at a short service around the Cenotaph.
Park Cemetery

Earlier in the week, more children from Chaucer School had attended a similar service at the War Memorial in Park Cemetery where they had placed their poppy adorned crosses as an act of remembrance. Even though they are obviously not old enough to remember the World Wars, it is good that they are being taught about the ultimate sacrifice made by so many to secure their futures, especially in these days when there are still so many conflicts around the world.
At The Cenotaph

Layting of wreathesWreathesAnd on Remembrance Sunday, a Service of Remembrance in St Mary's Church was concluded by the laying of wreathes at the Cenotaph.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

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