LIGHTS FAN­TAS­TIC FOR OUR HEROES

LEST WE FOR­GET...

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by CHARLES W PALMER and LIZ PERKINS

LAND­MARKS were lit up across the na­tion yes­ter­day to re­mem­ber our fallen troops.

The slo­gan “There But Not There” and an im­age of a sol­dier was pro­jected on to at­trac­tions from the An­gel of the North to Cardiff Cas­tle.

Sil­hou­ettes of Tom­mies have ap­peared right across Bri­tain since the cam­paign kicked off in Fe­bru­ary.

They hon­our the sac­ri­fice of Bri­tish and Com­mon­wealth troops who died dur­ing World War One, while also rais­ing funds for mil­i­tary char­i­ties.

The There But Not There cam­paign aims to com­mem­o­rate the dead, ed­u­cate all generations, and help heal to­day’s vet­er­ans suf­fer­ing men­tal or phys­i­cal wounds.

Gen­eral Lord Dan­natt, pa­tron of There But Not There and for­mer Chief of the Gen­eral Staff, said: “As we reach 100 years since the Ar­mistice, it is vi­tal that we re­flect on the sac­ri­fice made by an en­tire gen­er­a­tion of ser­vice­men and women.

“Th­ese won­der­ful land­marks, com­ing to­gether, pro­vide a remarkable rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the na­tion do­ing ex­actly just that.

“We have been in­cred­i­bly moved by the over­whelm­ing pub­lic sup­port we re­ceived across the coun­try, which has led to more than £4mil­lion raised for mil­i­tary and men­tal health char­i­ties.”

Streets have also bloomed red with pop­pies and been trans­formed with dec­o­ra­tive pan­els to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of World War One.

A poppy shower was pro­jected onto the front of Sal­is­bury Cathe­dral in Wilt­shire, or­gan­ised by the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion, to raise aware­ness of its Thank You cam­paign, which in­vites peo­ple to give thanks for the sac­ri­fices made.

Fields of Re­mem­brance are based at six Bri­tish sites, with Cardiff Cas­tle home to more than 6,000 crosses and com­mem­o­ra­tive mark­ers, each with a per­sonal mes­sage in mem­ory of ser­vice­men and women who died in the con­flict. There are also sites in Lon­don, Belfast, Gateshead, Staffordshire and Royal Woot­ton Bas­sett, with more than 120,000 crosses laid in to­tal.

A breath­tak­ing dis­play of pop­pies in­side Lich­field Cathe­dral com­mem­o­rates Ar­mistice Day as part of a year­round pro­gramme.

Artist Peter Walker cre­ated the in­door poppy fields which were brought to life by the ac­tor Ed­die Red­mayne read­ing war po­etry.

Thou­sands of shrouded fig­ures have been laid at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Olympic Park in an art in­stal­la­tion rep­re­sent­ing the men who died at the Bat­tle of the Somme and whose bod­ies were never re­cov­ered.

Prince Harry, who twice served in Afghanistan, opened the 90th Field of Re­mem­brance at West­min­ster Abbey on Thurs­day be­fore pay­ing his re­spects at yes­ter­day’s rugby match be­tween Eng­land and the All Blacks.

The prince ap­peared emo­tional as he laid a wreath on the Twick­en­ham turf be­fore a two-minute si­lence.

Fields of Re­mem­brance have also gone on dis­play this week­end at Saltwell Park, Gateshead; the Na­tional Arboretum, Staffs; Belfast City Hall; Ly­di­ard Park, Royal Woot­ton Bas­sett, Wilts.

Beefeaters at the Tower of Lon­don will light the last flames of the Beyond The Deep­en­ing Shadow dis­play this evening and bells will ring out as bea­cons blaze through­out Bri­tain and criers in 180 towns per­form a “cry for peace” tonight.

At 6am to­day bag­pipers in 2,000 lo­ca­tions across the UK and the THE re­cently-formed Boy Scouts were en­cour­aged by founder Robert BadenPow­ell to aid the war ef­fort.

Amid fears of an in­va­sion, Scouts set up first aid posts, guarded phone lines and worked as dis­patch rid­ers for the Govern­ment.

Les­lie Friswell, aged 11 in 1914, acted as an all-clear bu­gler in north Lon­don. Com­mon­wealth were play­ing tra­di­tional lament, Bat­tle’s O’er.

In Mons, Bel­gium, cy­clists started a spon­sored ride to Lon­don, via Ypres.

Also from 6am and through the day, gi­ant por­traits of lo­cal war heroes were to be drawn in the sand at 32 beaches for Danny Boyle’s Pages Of The Sea na­tional event.

A 150ft etch­ing of war poet Wil­fred Owen was also be­ing made at Sunny Sands, Folke­stone.

DAILY STAR SUN­DAY SAYS

– PAGE 6 A BOX of pop­pies from one of the first Poppy Ap­peals has been found in a suit­case. The pop­pies, made from red fab­ric with “Haig’s Fund” in their cen­tres, are be­lieved to date back to be­fore World War Two. Bernie Ax­tell, 77, found the box at his Cardiff home last Sun­day. He was given the pop­pies by a friend 30 years ago and “put them away for a rainy day”. They will be laid at the Ceno­taph to­day. the

THIS fear­less snap­per, in­set, risked it all for some of the best known pic­tures of the war. Ernest Brooks was dec­o­rated by Bri­tain af­ter he cap­tured the hor­rors of the Western Front, Italy and the Dar­danelles.

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