To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World
War, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is displaying the Poppy of Remembrance
on their AW169 helicopter and Critical Care Car over the centenary period.
This year marks the 100th year since the end of the First World
War, in which millions of service personnel were seriously injured, wounded or
sadly lost their lives. As part of the anniversary, Dorset and Somerset Air
Ambulance Volunteers were proud to represent the Charity at a Poppy of Honour
Event which was held in Wincanton on Saturday 6th October.
The commemorative event was well-attended and saw an eight-foot steel and glass Poppy-shaped sculpture, proudly unveiled in
dedication to those who were killed or declared missing in action. The Poppy
monument is the brainchild of Terry Williams. Along with his dedicated team,
more than 250,000 helpers gave up their time to handwrite over 1 million red
poppies with the names, ranks and dates of each of the service personnel who
were lost in the First World War.
South Western Ambulance Service Paramedic Serena Mees volunteered many hours
towards the Poppy of Honour, as well as working with paramedic colleague Luke Treharne to arrange and donate
the poppy decals which now appear on the Charity’s aircraft and response car,
as well as SWASFT ambulances across Somerset.
Bill Sivewright, Chief Executive Officer said: “The Poppy in an enduring
symbol of those who made sacrifices for the benefit of others. It seems wholly
appropriate that at this time of year and on this particular year, 100 years
after the end of the First World War, that we support this initiative.”
The Poppy of Honour
team visited the Charity’s airbase in Henstridge to
mark the occasion and unveil the poppy which sits poignantly next to the
aircraft’s name, ‘Pegasus’.