Tower of London Poppy Planting and Memorial Service
On Sunday 19th April ten ceramic poppies from The Tower of London were ‘planted’ next to the Memorial Stone on the Parade Ground at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome.
A short memorial service was conducted by the Reverend Mary Cottee, the South Woodham Ferrers ATC Chaplain, during which ten local pupils from Cold Norton and Purleigh schools each carefully planted one of the ceramic poppies as the names of the ten servicemen on the Memorial were read out, one poppy commemorating each of the servicemen who died whilst serving with 37 (Home Defence) Squadron during WW1.
The service was simple but poignant with the haunting sound of the Last Post played by Ingrid Leatherdale, ending the two minutes silence.
The money to buy the ten poppies for the aerodrome was collected by the untiring efforts of The Purleigh Bell Ringers.
Russell Savory, Aerodrome Operations & Site Manager, commented: “Our sincere thanks to The Purleigh Bell Ringers for helping to buy the poppies as a lasting tribute to our fallen.”