The 11th of November marked the 101st anniversary since the first Armistice Day, and the nation united to honour those that had fallen to secure and protect the country’s freedom.
With traditional parades and community events cancelled, our homes took it upon themselves to hold many different activities to help commemorate the occasion, in addition to the two-minute silence, as a mark of respect for those who have fallen in war, and those left behind. Many of our residents enjoyed poppy making activities which were then used to decorate their homes.
One such home, Milton Court, created a 15ft high display from 975 recycled bottles painted red and cable tied to three cargo nets to be admired by the local community. Well-being staff member, Pam Bourke, said, “We have been collecting them since September, and it has taken just over a month to put it together. It’s a shame we couldn’t have our traditional commemorations, but we wanted to still do something nice for the day.”
Staff and residents at Crispin Court were kept busy creating a beautiful silhouette display, consisting of 1000 poppies handmade by residents and wooden cut-outs of soldiers and animals that played a crucial role in wars. So eye-catching was the exhibit, that relatives and local neighbours stopped to take pictures. Ex-member of the Royal Navy and member of the Well-being team, Sid Lewis said, “I took great pride in taking part in this activity, and the final piece brought a lump to my throat.”