Children from Callands School Commemorate Soldiers from RAF Burtonwood

Warrington school children created wreaths to be placed on the graves of US soldiers who served at RAF Burtonwood.

Each year on the 11th November everyone in the UK remembers those that have fought and fallen for this country and for peace. This year was not only the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 but also the centennial of the RAF, making it even more important that we remember.

This year one school remembered not only the English servicemen and women who have given their lives but the 15 American servicemen who lost their lives while serving at the RAF Burtonwood Airbase.

The children at Callands Primary School in Callands, Warrington, created wreaths, artwork, poetry and learnt songs to remember the fallen men. The children were each assigned a soldier to design and make a wreath for, the children were so dedicated to their tasks that when they went home, they researched their assigned soldier and learnt more about the servicemen who lost their lives.

The children at Callands Primary were able to learn about the soldiers due to RAF Burtonwood Heritage Centre, which has many exhibits and documents that tell the history of the RAF base and how life was for the people that lived in the area at the time. Many children learn about WW1 and WW2 in school however this school has gone above and beyond, by creating the wreaths for these men, they ensured that they are not forgotten and that there will be poppies on their graves this year.

John Cotterill, Facilities Manager at RAF Burtonwood Heritage Centre had this to say:
"When we learnt that the children at Callands Primary School were studying Burtonwood and were creating poppy wreaths for the 15 fallen American servicemen, we wanted to help them get the wreaths to the cemetery in Cambridgeshire where then men are buried.
The RAF Burtonwood Association decided that some of the members would collect the wreaths and take them down to the cemetery. We were really pleased to hear how the children had researched their specific soldier and made the wreaths with them in mind. It is a really good thing that the children are learning about the history of the base, especially as it is so close to them and their creations are a wonderful commemoration."
Many of the children attended the Remembrance Day service in the town at the cenotaph and spoke afterwards of how during the two minutes silence, they thought about the soldiers they had made their wreaths for.

If you are interested in learning more about the RAF Burtonwood Airbase, the Heritage Centre is open Wednesday to Sunday from 2.30pm until 5.00 pm and is located next to Gulliver's World, Warrington, for more information about the centre visit: http://www.rafburtonwoodheritagecentre.co.uk/

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