|Layer de la Haye War Memorial
75th Anniversary Tribute for end of World War 2
2nd September 2020
After the success of the Poppy display to commemorate the centennial for the end of WW1 in 2018, we felt it was appropriate to mark the 75th anniversary for the end of WW2 on 2nd September 2020. This time the display includes Doves and the word Peace.
There are approximately 600 plastic drink bottles fashioned into poppies. 34 of them are painted gold to denote the number of men from the village that gave their lives during the two wars; 27 in WW1 and 7 in WW2. These adorn a camouflage netting. There are 16 white doves created from plastic washing liquid bottles attached to black mesh draped over the top. The Peace sign and the two Tommy silhouettes are fashioned from wood.
We chose to mark the 2nd of September as it is the date that the Japanese officially signed the surrender on board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay bringing the formal closure to a conflict that spanned six years. This way, all those that gave their lives in the Far East and Europe, would be remembered.
This display was created by Valerie, Cecil and Anne Taylor, Iris Hobday and Ian Moore.
Permission to decorate The Cross in both 2018 and 2020 was kindly provided by the Layer de la Haye Parish Council.