In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
It was a long time ago – but whatever your views of conflict – it is important to remember those who gave their lives so we could live ours.
888,246 British & Commonwealth personnel lost their lives in the conflict, 163 of those were from our town, and Felixstowe has fittingly given space to two Tommies from the ‘There But Not There’ tribute – one is at the war memorial on the seafront and one stands now guarding the war graves in Felixstowe cemetery.
St John’s Church and St Martins in Trimley have had their towers festooned with poppies – there is a poppy trail in St Peter & St Paul Church, Old Felixstowe and poppies have been attached to on lampposts on the High Street.
There are also a number of events happening to mark the occasion.
Friday 2th to Sunday 18th November
Exhibition – WW1 Felixstowe at Felixstowe Library. All exhibits, which have been kindly provided by Felixstowe Museum, are linked to World War 1, showing the impact on Felixstowe and the lives of its inhabitants. Open during usual Library hours.
Monday 5th to Saturday 17th November
Poppy Trail and Exhibition at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Old Felixstowe. Click here for full details on this event
Thursday 8th November 11am
Schoolchildren lay poppies at the war graves in our local cemeteries/churchyards.
Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th November
Felixstowe Art Group: Remembrance Art Exhibition at Felixstowe Library. Click here for full details on this event
Friday 9th November 10.45am-11.15am
Schools’ Service at the War Memorial (Seafront).
Saturday 10th November 7.30pm
Festival of Remembrance at St. John’s Church. Click here for full details on this concert
Monday 12th November 7pm
WW1 Commemorative talk from the Felixstowe Society at St. Andrew’s Church.
Remembrance Day – Sunday 11th November
9.45am Civic Remembrance Service at St. John’s Church.
10.45am Civic Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial (Seafront).
12noon Remembrance Service at the war graves in Felixstowe Cemetery.
6.15pm-7pm Felixstowe Remembers – Battle’s Over Beacons of Light at the Town Hall Gardens and War Memorial (Seafront). During WW1, 163 men from Felixstowe and surrounding villages died – these 163 fallen victims will be represented by local volunteers at this special commemorative event where each name will be read and torches will be extinguished .
Download the ‘Felixstowe Remembers’ – 100 Years of Remembrance booklet here or find it at the Town Hall or the Library
Please note that District Council run car parks will be free on Remembrance Sunday https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/news/free-parking-announced-to-support-good-causes/
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM