Cowplain Remembrance Window – Honouring our fallen 

St Peter’s Catholic Primary School supported our local Coop Funeralcare office with a wonderful Remembrance display.  Pupils from year 6 created the beautiful poppies that were cascading down the outside of the window.  Out of lots of small crosses the children also created a wonderful large cross, which looks so poignant and so effective.

During the Second World War Blitz, 930 people were killed in Portsmouth, 2,837 were injured and over 6,000 properties were destroyed.  The pupils decided that it would be a lovely idea to make memory stones for each person that lost their life in Portsmouth during the Blitz.  They painstakingly painted 930 stones and on Wednesday 10th at 11.00 o’clock a group of 10 pupils handed out their memory stones to the community in Cowplain.

Also, some of the children wrote Remembrance poems, which were made into scrolls ready to hand out with their memory stones.  A selection of these were read out during the event.  Remembrance Day gives people the chance to remember those who fought and lost their lives during the war and to honour their memory.  It makes sure that we never forget the past, and those who died didn’t die in vain.  With fewer and fewer living survivors, it’s even more important than ever to remember the sacrifices these people made for our freedom.  Teaching our children about the importance of Remembrance Day will keep the memories of these brave individuals alive now and in the future. 

I would like to personally thank Mrs Pearson, St Peter’s art teacher, and Mrs Jackie Duthie at the Coop Funeralcare Cowplain, for all their hard work and support in organising and creating such a wonderful display.

Mr R Cunningham

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