Poppy of Honour Memorial Visits Gittisham Hill Park

Diary posted

12th November 2019

Gittisham Hill Park, Retirement Villages

This Remembrance Day the residents at Gittisham Hill Park in Honiton received a visit from a very special ‘guest’.

The Poppy of Honour arrived at the village on Monday 11th November providing residents and their families with the chance to remember those who fought in the First World War.

The giant poppy was made in Somerset and features more than 1 million names of every British and Commonwealth serviceman and woman who fought and fell, all hand-written on individual poppies.

A beautiful and fitting tribute, the memorial was created by Terry Williams, from Henstridge, who was shocked to learn that there was no national memorial where all the names are recorded in one place.

The poppy is 2.6m tall and is made of glass and steel. Its construction was a mammoth project and one which saw more than a quarter of a million people from dozens of countries help. It was completed in 2018 to mark 100 years since the end of WW1 and has already been a tour of over 19 locations in the UK and across to Ypres, Belgium.

The visit started at the 11th hour with the poignant sounding of the Last Post and Reveille after which everyone could take time to view the inscriptions and reflect on the courage and sacrifice of those lost.  Terry then hosted a talk about the Poppy and its origins.

“It was a pleasure to welcome Terry and this amazing Poppy of Honour,” said Village Manager at Gittisham Hill Park, Gaynor O’Dell. “What an incredible achievement and a fitting way to remember our lost servicemen and women from World War One.”