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Poppies planted in public park as “a symbol to the fallen, to sacrifice”

PUBLISHED: 09:41 25 July 2014 | UPDATED: 16:19 25 July 2014

Tony Wheble, chairman of the Mildenhall and district Royal British Legion with president, Derek Last, vice chairman and standard bearer Colin Plowright and treasurer Hilary Last.

Tony Wheble, chairman of the Mildenhall and district Royal British Legion with president, Derek Last, vice chairman and standard bearer Colin Plowright and treasurer Hilary Last.

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A council’s park officers have planted poppies in a public space to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.

Forest Heath District Council has planted the flowers in Douglas Park, in Mildenhall, as a “symbol to the fallen, to sacrifice”.

Councillor Tony Wheble, who is also chairman of the Mildenhall and district Royal British Legion, spoke of the importance of the poppy in remembering the war.

“The poppy is a symbol for the bravery, honour and sacrifice made by the young men – many of them still teenagers - who fought in the trenches, who stared into the face of hell. Young men who lived in appalling conditions, consigned to an early grave or the horror of seeing their best friends torn down in agony,” he said.

“The poppy has since become a symbol for all our courageous men and women who have served for our country and for those still serving even now.

“Our history should always be remembered. Their sacrifice should always be honoured. I hope the residents of Mildenhall join me to reflect on this on Monday, August 4, the 100th anniversary of Britain’s declaration of war against Germany.”

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