TEN thousand poppies now adorn the town of Pontarddulais as it gears up for Remembrance Sunday. Shop windows throughout the town are bedecked with red with tributes to those men and women who fought and died during conflict.
Numerous organisations including local school, and the Town Council have joined together to produce exhibitions, window displays, tributes and even a musical score to celebrate the 100 years since the end of the Great War and to say thank you to those who fought for freedom.
The showpiece is a cascade of poppies, which is situated adjacent to the War memorial, which has also had a make over including a new hand for the angel which bedecks the top.
The cascade was erected today, Tuesday (Nov 6) with volunteers cleaning up areas around the war memorial. They were also fixing lines of poppies to railings and hanging poppies from trees.
Many of the volunteers have a direct link to someone from the village who went to war. Those stories are on display at the Town Council offices in a special exhibition, which even contains a replica front line trench.
Pontarddulais may be a smaller town than most but it has a huge heart and a huge amount of community spirit if the efforts, which have gone into remembering the fallen are anything to go by.
The town will come together on Sunday, 11th of November for a march, followed by a service at St Michaels Church before gathering at the war memorial at 11am.
Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. [wpdevart_countdown text_for_day=”Days” text_for_hour=”Hours” text_for_minut=”Minutes” text_for_second=”Seconds” countdown_end_type=”date” end_date=”11-11-2018 11:00″ start_time=”1541538691″ end_time=”0,1,1″ action_end_time=”hide” content_position=”center” top_ditance=”10″ bottom_distance=”10″ ][/wpdevart_countdown]