Ilkeston - Armistice 100
w/e 11 November 2018
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

An armistice is an agreement made by opposing sides in a war to stop fighting and there must have been much rejoicing at the end of the First World War on November 11th 1918. In the following years it soon became a much more sombre event as Remembrance Sunday was instituted to recall all those who had given their lives during the conflict never to return to their homes and families. This year on the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice the people of Ilkeston showed solidarity with millions of other people not just in the United Kingdom but all around the world, as they came together to commemorate and remember all those fallen heroes.

Erewash Museum

As would be expected public buildings and sites were at the forefront of the commemorations like here at the Erewash Museum where there were displays both inside and outside the building.
Victoria Park

On Victoria Park the formal bed in front of the bandstand picked out the words "Lest We Forget" with the dates "1918 - 2018" appropriately remembering the fallen surrounded by fallen leaves.
Hallam Fields Memorial

Services were held during the week preceding Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday which this year exactly 100 years after the end of World War One fell on the same day at the various memorials in the town. The Hallam Fields Memorial site was attended by children from Hallam Fields Junior School as well as members of the Royal British Legion and the general public.
Hallam Field School

It's good that children are being taught about the wars and with no-one who fought in the First World War now alive it's essential that they learn of the futility of fighting and remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. All of the schools in the area have undertaken projects and at Hallam Field Junior School this has also entailed creating a display in the school grounds.
Park Cemetery

Pupils from Chaucer Junior School also attended a similar service to the one at Hallam Fields at the War Memorial in Park Cemetery.
Chaucer School

They too did work in school and created displays for the grounds. These included making poppies by recycling plastic bottles. A sale of the poppies raised over £180 for the Royal British Legion. Some of the poppies were purple to remember the animals that were also lost during the War.
Stanton Road Cemetery

A Remembrance Service was also held in Stanton Road Cemetery which, although no longer in use as a burial ground, like Park Cemetery contains a number of Commonwealth War Graves.
Humble Rutland Cafe

It was not just public bodies and schools involved as many businesses and shop owners also marked the centenary of the armistice with window displays. Humble Rutland Cafe had their wall painted with a mark of remembrance which achieved a lot of coverage on social media but by the time I got there parked vehicles permitted only a view from the side.
Wine Bar

Legs Wine Bar on South Street was another that commemorated the event with a window display and was just one of many marking the anniversary.
Remembrance Sunday

The culmination of the anniversary came on Remembrance Sunday with a service in St Mary's Church followed immediately with the town's civic ceremony at the Cenotaph in the morning and by the Battle's Over commemoration in the evening when beacons were lit and the church bells rung.

“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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