A giant poppy has been constructed in Bratton, Wiltshire to honor those who gave their lives during the First and Second World Wars this Remembrance Day. The poppy sits at 40 feet and overlooks the small English village and civil parish.
Made out of heavy tarpaulin and secured by 40 metal pegs, the poppy has been placed adjacent to Picquet Hill for the commemorative event. The monument has already been up for a week, but the village plans to leave it up for at least an extra week until after Remembrance Day has passed.
This isn’t the first time that the stunning sculpture has made an appearance, though.
“We had one up last year until the wind destroyed it as it was rather fragile,” explained Lieutenant General Louis Lillywhite, who is the president of the Royal British Legion in Bratton. “Peter Gale, who owns the land, took it to Marlborough company Dobie Wyatt to see if they could repair it but instead they made us a much more robust poppy with a significant discount in price.”
Lt. Lillywhite believes that the poppy has helped to increase the number of people in attendance at Bratton’s Remembrance Day Parade.
“I think its being noticed and recognized,” the Bratton resident of nine years and former military medic stated during an interview with the Wiltshire Times. “We normally raise between six to eight thousand pounds each year which for a village of only about 1,200 people is quite a significant amount.”
“There are not that many places that have a hill which overlooks a village with the right angle of slope to put something like this, so it’s quite a nice thing to have but also poignant,” Lt. Lillywhite concluded.
Bratton’s Remembrance Day march took place earlier today at 9:30 a.m. It started at St. Jame’s Church and finished with a wreath laying ceremony at the the village War Memorial at 11:00 a.m. An Act of Remembrance will be also held on November 11, Armstice Day, at the War Memorial at 10:45 AM.