Armistice Day remembered + thankyou for poppies for those who fell

An Armistice Day Act of Remembrance was held at the Abingdon War Memorial at 11 am today, as well as many other places in Abingdon.

Armistice Day is remembered each year on November 11th to mark the armistice signed between the Allies and Germany in Compiègne, France, for the end of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I. It came into force at eleven am on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918.

The event was attended by the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Andy Foulsham, other councillors, members of the Royal British Legion, and among the public, a group from Thameside School.

Clare Oldfield, poppy appeal organiser, said, ‘I spotted poppies like these these on the doorsteps of various houses in Exbourne road, Bath Street and Ock Street. What a wonderful thing to wake up to. Isn’t Abingdon amazing? Support for the poppy has been overwhelming this year and this is a fabulous tribute. I don’t know who did them but thank you.’

The Exbourne Road poppies are up again and poppy sellers will be out and about in the town centre, Waitrose and Tesco on Friday and Saturday.

7 thoughts on “Armistice Day remembered + thankyou for poppies for those who fell

  1. Iain

    What a good idea to remind us how they were friends, family and neighbours and not just faceless soldiers or names on the memorial

  2. Jennybms

    It would have been even better if the person/organization who put the poppies outside people’s front doors (how many were there?) had said who they were from, and perhaps also not used a plastic bag, especially during the COP 26 conference.

    1. Daniel

      Yeah….I mean, it’s been calculated that each photo above has a 50g carbon footprint.

      *The world’s going to hell in a hand cart, don’t you have anything else to worry about?

  3. Liz

    What a wonderful idea. Very poignant reminder of the sacrifice made by so many brave people.
    Sad to read the criticism made in the last reply. As for cop26, a pointless exercise costing millions.

  4. Chris

    Brilliant, and an entirely appropriate use of small plastic bags/packets to protect and preserve the poppies and the informative descriptions.

  5. Harriet Turner

    Wonderful tribute, such time and effort has gone into this beautiful gesture.
    No need for criticism,I’m sure the giver and creator of these poppies is a huge supporter of COP26 too.
    Thankyou ❤️


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