Battle’s Over. Centenary of Armistice Day.

 

At 11.00am, after two minutes’ silence, wreaths were laid at the War Memorial.

On November 11th 2018, East Meon joined most other villages and towns in England in commemorating the centenary of the end of the Great War. The History Group had researched the part played by the village for its “Great War Film Festival’ in 2015, at which it showed three renowned movies – All Quiet on The Western Front, Tunes of Glory and Lawrence of Arabia, and had prepared a dozen panels, two of them describing the 21 young men of the village who had lost their lives, others on survivors, including the vicar of All Saints, and the two VCs who lived in Langrish. Click here for the contents of these posters.

In November 2018, we joined forces with the Primary School; Robert Mocatta and Michael Blakstad gave an assembly and subsequent class on the 21 names recorded on the War Memorial; the pupils produced a set of propaganda posters from WWI, poems and letters to the men at the front. These were displayed alongside the History Group panels in the Village Hall and a large number of villagers came to read them both after the morning ceremony at the War Memorial and in the evening, when a beacon was lit and the last post sounded.