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