Eighteen silhouettes will help Plymouth remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the build up to this year’s Armistice Day.
The figures of a traditional British Tommy, an airman, a sailor, a nurse, a munitions factory worker, a Sikh soldier and a suffragette have been bought from the Royal British Legion and have arrived this week ahead of the Armistice Day on Sunday 11 November.
They represent all those who took part in the Great War from the Armed Services, the Empire and the organisations that helped keep the country on its feet, changing the political and civil rights of this country forever.
The seven RBL silhouettes sponsored by Plymouth City Council will be in front of the Royal Naval Memorial as part of the Armistice commemorations and will be joined by 10 more applied for by the Royal Navy through the Armed Forces Covenant Fund.
There will also be a single ‘Tommy’ on the parade ground from the ‘There but not there’ campaign. Purchased by Help for Heroes in support of this centenary, it will be in the centre of the parade ground as the honour guards veterans and military cadets march in.
Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member with responsibility for veterans said: “We are proud to support the Royal British Legion with this initiative. It is a reminder to all of us 100 years later about the sacrifice made by so many during the Great War that has helped shaped the nation we are today.
“Those people thought they were fighting a war to end all wars. A century may have passed but more than ever, Remembrance Day is a chance to stop, take time out of our lives and reflect on the enormous sacrifice they and all those lost in the intervening years have made to give us the freedom and opportunities we have today.”
After the event, the silhouettes will be on display at Efford and Weston Mill Cemeteries.
There are two events on 11 November – the Remembrance Service at 11am and the Battles Over in the evening at 6pm visit http://plymouthnewsroom.co.uk/plymouth-commemorate-100-years-since-end-world-war-one