11th November 2021 | News in your area

Taking Remembrance to new generations

On Wednesday 10th November, local primary school teacher Richard Stanton welcomed the Lord Lieutenant to his Godalming home for the launch of his Remembrance tribute in support of the Royal British Legion.

He was joined for the launch by Richard Graham of Guildford, whose 1943 U.S. Army Jeep had just taken part in a Poppy Appeal event at the M25 Clackett Lane Services, helping to raise over £3,000 for the RBL. Despite sharing a keen interest in local and military history, this was the first time that they had collaborated to publicise the work of the RBL.

The Lord Lieutenant congratulated both on what they had achieved so far through their hard work and commitment to the Poppy Appeal “Quite apart from raising money, one of the most important aspects of your display is reminding people and making them aware.”

The dramatic centrepiece of Richard’s tribute is a cascade of 6000 poppies from the first-floor window to the front lawn, where the silhouette of a World War 1 ‘Tommy’ looks at the grave and memorial crosses for his fallen comrades. After dark, the tableau features poppy-red illuminations, with a digital projector used for the first time to show Poppy petals floating to earth.

As a teacher, Richard agrees that Remembrance is as much about making people aware, especially children and young people: “It is vital that younger generations continue to remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by so many over the years. I hope that my display and the contributions of those involved go some way to raising this awareness and promoting the wonderful support offered by the British Legion.”.

Online donations to the Royal British Legion can be made at www.britishlegion.org.uk

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