This year makes the Centenary of the end of the First World War and after more than four years of war, the guns fell silent on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month in 1918.
There have already been a number of events staged to mark this significant anniversary and the Kent County Show will be marking the centenary too. As the closest county in England to the continent, Kent played a crucial role during the First World War. It was the county most likely to be a target for invasion and was heavily defended with fortifications. It was also the main departure point for troops and materiel heading for the battlefields of France as well as the first point of refuge for the wounded. Referred to as ‘The Great War’,the National Archives state that more than one million British military personnel died during the First and Second World Wars, with the First World War alone accounting for 886,000 fatalities.
The Kent County Show on 6, 7, 8 July 2018 will host The Royal British Legion’s iconic ‘Every One Remembered’ sculpture, as well as a display of handcrafted poppies made by the local community. The display can be found in the newly moved Garden Life Marquee which also hosts the Show Gardens, Flower Show, NAFAS Floral Art Competition, the Kent Federation of Horticultural Societies Summer Show, The Kent Beekeepers Associations, Garden Life Stage and the Garden Cafe.
The Royal British Legion, in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, has developed Every One Remembered, a project to individually commemorate over 1 million Commonwealth Service men and women who were killed during the First World War.
The losses were felt in almost every town and village in the UK and throughout what was then the British Empire. They would like to see each and every one of these men and women individually commemorated throughout the First World War centenary years. The charity will be outside the Garden Life Marquee during all three days so pop along and find out more about this incredible project.
Visitors will also be able to see the ‘There But Not There’ installation for the fallen which takes pride of place outside the main Show Office.