It is hard to believe it was over a year ago that Cornwall Glass assisted in the construction of the Poppy of Honour, supplying, processing and delivery the glass to encase over 1 million hand written names of every service man and woman killed or reported missing in action during the First World War.
We have kept in touch with Terry Williams Chairman of the Poppy of Honour Group as the Poppy embarked on a tour of the UK visiting towns, villages and iconic locations across the length and breadth of Britain.
The poppy is on the move again this time traveling across the water to Calais then onto Mons in Belgium and also at Ypres.
The 2020 Belgium tour itinerary is as follows:
- Friday 6th November travelling to Mons via ferry crossing Dover to Calais then by road to SHAPE near Mons.
- Saturday 7th November the Poppy to be displayed near SHAPE main building in the morning area.
- Sunday 8th November the Poppy will be displayed at the Remembrance service and parade at Saint Symphorien Cemetery, the Remembrance ceremony will be attended by all Allied forces stationed at Shape. This will be attended by British, Canadian and German service personnel. At Saint Symphorien Cemetery there are two graves, the first and last British Tommy’s killed in World War 1.
- The Poppy throughout the remainder of Sunday 8th November until Monday 9th November in the La Grande Place in the City centre of Mons, Belgium.
- Early Monday 10th November the Poppy will travel to Ypres then displayed in the City of Ypres from 13.00 hrs. Members of the Poppy of Honour Team and 6 British WW1 Tommy’s will be taking part in the Last Post ceremony in the evening of 10th November held at the Menin Gate, where we will be laying a wreath on behalf of everyone involved in making the Poppy memorial a reality.
- Tuesday 11th November the Poppy of Honour Team and 6 Tommy’s will be participating in the Remembrance parade, we will be laying a wreath in the shape of the Poppy of Honour logo to Honour all those who have sacrificed their lives conflicts past and present.
It is intended to give the Poppy some much needed TLC over the winter months and efforts are also being concentrated on raising funds for a Memorial Garden which it is hoped will be available in early 2021.