This year is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. Last year, during the visit of the Mayor and Mayoress of Warwick, England, we became keenly aware of the many things we shared. One of those was the friendship and relationship as allies during WW1.
In the fields of war torn Europe, even after the devastation, field poppies still grew. The poppy has become a symbol of remembrance by both nations and is now worn in honor of all the soldiers we’ve lost to war.
Three hundred forty six people from Warwick served in WW1 and of that number seven perished. In the town of Warwickshire, England, 11,600 souls were lost.
Through the efforts of Mayoress Christine Cross and her dedicated committee in the UK, and on this side of the pond, with the help of George Arnott, the Warwick Rotary, Rosemary Cooper, Pat Foxx, our local gifted knitters, Cedric Glasper and many others, we participated in an international project of creating poppies in honor of the fallen soldiers.
With the help of some of the other Warwick’s, Warwick, England and Warwick, Australia, we are knitting our Warwick’s together. We have sent 664 poppies, blessed by Reverend Moranno, of St. Stephen Church, to be added to the display of over 11,000 poppies, one for each life sacrificed. The poppies will be on exhibit at St. Mary’s Royal Regimental Chapel.
These are the kind gestures that are so valuable in life. Thank you to all involved in a powerful statement of love and respect. The Poppy Project will culminate on Armistice Day, November 11, 2018 when a wreath of poppies will be laid at the Warwickshire War Memorial in honor of the soldiers from Warwick, NY who gave their lives in the Great War.