British Legion poppy cascade at Buriton War memorial

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Thursday 4th November 2021 2:53 pm
The poppy cascade at Buriton War memorial ()

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A DISPLAY marking the centenary of the Royal British Legion has been arranged at Buriton War Memorial.

To mark the anniversary a cascade of poppies has been draped underneath the tree that shades the memorial bench in the summer.

Elaine Bray of Nursted Farm between Buriton and Petersfield said: “To honour the centenary of The Royal British Legion, our display echoes the 2014 one at The Tower of London called ’Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, that commemorated the 100-years since the First World War started.

“We used cut down plastic bottles sprayed poppy red and either pompoms from recycled material or black bottle tops for the centre of the poppy.

“We also put silhouette soldiers made in the village and used for a previous commemoration either side of the army camouflage net holding the poppies.”

And 46 small wooden poppy crosses have been placed in front of the memorial, one for each of the soldiers named on it, 38 from the First World War and eight the Second World War.

A wreath the celebrating centenary has been placed at its base.

A curved stone bench and circular commemorative mosaic were recently added to enhance the memorial that was erected and unveiled in 2020.


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