Poppies and wreathes to be laid as we remember them

Elsenham Poppies

Elsenham Poppies - Credit: Archant

Remembrance Day will be marked across the district in the coming week with events on several days honouring those in the armed forces who have given their lives in the two World Wars, and subsequent conflicts.

In Elsenham on Saturday November 7, there will be a Remembrance Service in the village’s Memorial Gardens.

This year, new names have been placed on the war memorial of those connected to the village who fell in conflict in the years following the First World War.

Because 2015 is the Women’s Institute’s centenary year, Elsenham WI has knitted and crocheted over 1,200 poppies, all of which were sold within days. The group has also knitted a wreath remembering those who gave their lives, with different symbols of remembrance, red poppies for those in the services, white poppies symbolising peace, purple poppies for animals lost, a cornflower for remembrance in France, forget-me-knots, which are now an international symbol of remembrance, a white dove of peace and various flowers representing the loss of women’s lives.

A field of remembrance will be created at the Elsenham Memorial Gardens, inspired by the display of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London last year.

After the service, refreshments will be provided in Elsenham Memorial Hall.

In Saffron Walden on Remembrance Sunday, November 8, the town’s annual Remembrance Day Parade will take place. Wreaths will be laid at the town’s war memorial in the High Street, before participants make their way to St Mary’s Church in Church Path following a two-minute silence at 11am.

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The town will also hold a Remembrance Service at the War Memorial at 11am on Armistice Day, Wednesday, November 11.

The Royal British Legion’s Dunmow and District Branch will hold an event for Remembrance Sunday, November 8, inviting community members to join them at Great Dunmow War Memorial at 10.50am.

The Imperial War Museum in Duxford is allowing free entry for all on Remembrance Sunday from 10am to 3pm.

There will be poppy-inspired family art and crafts and a fly-past by a de Havilland Dragon Rapide.