Armistice Day marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th Day of the 11th Month in 1918.
Along with Remembrance Sunday, the commemorations honour and remember everyone who has died in wars and conflicts. Many of our care homes joined in with the commemorations, by observing the two-minute silence, laying wreaths, sharing memories or wearing (or even creating) their own poppies.
Lavender Lodge Care Home’s display, used poppies that both residents and staff had helped to make. Milton Court Care Home went as far as to run a competition to guess how many poppies were made for their display (which had 940!) to fundraise for The Royal British Legion.
Hawthorns Care Home in Aldridge handmade over 500 poppies and had help from their local firefighters from Blue Watch at Aldridge Fire Station to erect their outdoor display. The home also attended the Aldridge Remembrance Parade and Service as one of their veteran residents, George Mason, laid a wreath on the homes behalf.
Bernard Moss, a veteran from the D-Day landing and resident at Aire View Care Home in Leeds, was invited to a special service to launch The Royal British Legion’s poppy appeal in Leeds so he could be presented with one of the first poppies. Amarna House Care Home supported their resident Arthur Inman, a veteran of the Royal Artillery who fought in the Battle of Kohima, to march in the Remembrance Day Parade in York too.
These commemorations are significant to all our residents and homes. Let us always remember those who have fallen and those who continue to fight. We Will Remember Them.
Article by Helen Bates, Marketing Executive for Welcome Home Issue 12.