The Royal British Legion Poppy Memorial


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Reference WMO255231

Address:

National Memorial Arboretum

Croxall Road

Alrewas

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Other monument
Materials:
  • Unknown Unknown
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Non-Specific Conflict
About the memorial: A large sculpture of a wreath of poppies placed at the centre of raised beds, in the shape of a poppy, where the public can place individual poppies. The IWM Register entry is entitled the Royal British Legion Never Forget Tribute Garden, and reads as follows - A garden with, as its focal point, a large raised bed in the shape of a poppy flower. The poppy flower bed is bordered by a wall of large stones and topped with a polished reddish-brown granite top. The poppy flower bed is divided with black granite borders into twelve segments, one for each month of the year. The names of the months are engraved in gold lettering on the granite top. Individual everlasting poppies are inserted into the bed as personal commemorations. At the centre of the bed is a roundel of black polished granite on which the words "Lest We Forget" are engraved in gold lettering. An upright poppy wreath made of the same stone and covered in poppies is fixed to the roundel. Set into the grass surrounding the memorial are three tablets of reddish-brown granite with commemorations engraved in gold lettering to three individuals most closely associated with Poppy symbolism: Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McRae, Moina Michael and Madame Anna E Guerin.
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[Tablet 1]: Lieutenant Colonel/ John Alexander McRae M.D.,/ Canada./ A poet, physician and soldier/ during World War 1,/ wrote the famous war memorial poem/ 'In Flanders Fields'. [Tablet 2]: Madame Anna E. Guerin,/ of France./ Resolved to sell handmade poppies/ around Armistice Day to raise money/ for ex-servicemen and poor children/ in the war-torn areas of Europe. [Tablet 3]: To the memory of/ Moina Michael,/ of the United States of America./ The First Poppy Lady./ Inspired by John McRae's lines:/ "In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow,/ Between the crosses, row on row."/ She campaigned for the red poppy to be/ adopted as the symbol of Remembrance.

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