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First World War Centenary tribute in Amersham

PUBLISHED: 16:05 29 September 2014 | UPDATED: 16:06 29 September 2014

Poignant scene: the crosses at Amersham

Poignant scene: the crosses at Amersham

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Many of our readers will have had grandparents - possibly parents - who served or lived through the First World War. But as we mark the centenary of the conflict's start in 1914 it's easy to see that the passage of time turns this event into 'old history' for many younger people.

But there are ways to make this relevant to them so we were delighted to discover that Bucks UTC’s construction and IT students had built 320 commemorative crosses for a field of remembrance next to Amersham Cricket Club. Students designed, built and painted the crosses, placing a poppy on each, over a two month period.

The project was commissioned by Amersham Town Council, as part of a symbolic memorial to the tragic loss of life in the Great War. They were unveiled at a candlelit service attended by over 350 people on 4 August, recognising the 100th anniversary of the start of the conflict, and will remain in place for a year. The project is part of Bucks UTC’s ‘live’ employer programme. Steve Catanach, Community Officer at Amersham Town Council, said: “We are so grateful to Buckinghamshire UTC for making and painting crosses for our Field of Remembrance. Thanks to their efforts we have a fitting tribute to all those that lost their lives in the WW1.”

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