One hundred years ago – on November 11th 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – millions of men laid down their guns. This was Armistice Day, the end of the first world war. Germany, the last belligerent standing among the Central Powers, had collapsed militarily, economically and politically.
Armistice Day – later known as Remembrance Day – has since been commemorated every year
The First Armistice Day
On the first Armistice Day, November 11 1918, crowds cheered on the streets of allied countries such as Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the US, France and Belgium. People rejoiced at the ending of a period of total mobilization that had affected every aspect of their lives, inflicting unprecedented hardship on soldiers and civilians alike.
Why The Poppy?
The poppy has a long association with Remembrance Day. Scarlet corn poppies grow naturally in conditions of disturbed earth thoughout Western Europe. The destruction brought by the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th Century transformed bare land into fields of blood red poppies, growing around the bodies of the fallen soldiers.
The poppy was adopted by the Royal British Legion as the symbol for their Poppy Appeal, in aid of those serving in the British Armed Forces, after its formation in 1921.
This day has been remembered for 100 years now and we want this day to always be remembered so all youth workers over the last few weeks have spoken to all young people about the end of world war one so they can help for years to come for this day to be remembered.
When you don’t even realise that your learning…. you just think your doing art with Ash.
When you think all your doing is making delicious biscuits with Mandy…….. but before you eat it she feeds you some WW1 facts.
Ok so we couldn’t hide this one but everyone who has ever stepped foot into any of the clubs loves listening to Dave and his tales. Dave explaining to some of the members about the remembrance wall names of residence of Marton who lost their lives in the war between 1914-1918.
Hannah and Ash inspired the young people to pay tribute to the men of the Marton area who gave their lives in the First World War. Each poppy carries the firstname of the men and was put around the memorial stone. This project helped them get closer to the real people who fought in the war, the group have had some fantastic discussions about the sacrifice made by the Marton Men.
Emily showing all her friends her hero her great grandfathers name is on our memorial.
Emily with PCSO Hannah who also joined in on the project working alongside the group of young people.
We are all very proud of the clubs young members who worked on this project.