Britain turns into sea of poppies with incredible memorials as nation remembers our fallen war heroes

Respectful Brits in schools, churches and workplaces across the country have spent months preparing beautiful arrangements for memorial services on Sunday.

The day marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, which saw more than 886,000 brave British military personnel sacrifice their lives for the country.

The poppy has become a power visual symbol of remembrance for the millions of people today who wear them as a mark of respect.

Now weeping widows, made up of thousands of poppies, among other displays have appeared up and down the UK, cascading from church spires and community centres.

And school children have worked tirelessly to create handmade memorials to servicemen who gave their lives for Britain.

In one particularly poignant display, 8,858 poppies were released at BT Group's London headquarters, each one representing individual postal and telecoms men and women who died in the First World War.

Despite the incredible efforts of Brits up and down the land, 100-year-old war veteran John Geddes warned memories of war are "slipping from living history" and urged young people to keep the tradition of remembrance alive.

The decorated former RAF navigator is among the last of a generation which lived through both global conflicts.

During the Second World War he took part in a daring series of enemy raids including the Battle of Berlin, which claimed the lives of more than 2,000 British crewmen.

John, holder of the DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross), said: "With every year the need for remembrance becomes stronger, as the memories slip from living history.

"It's hard to understand the impact of the war when you've not been involved yourself, but it's not something I'd ever wish for another generation to encounter.

"All the same, it's important that people don't forget just how many people gave their lives, fighting for a better future."
On Sunday, 103-year-old Ron Free – Britain's oldest veteran – will lead a march of 100 comrades at the Cenotaph.

Ron was blinded in the war after four years of suffering malnutrition in a Japanese prison of war camp.


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