'It took every soldier': railway company posts poem for Remembrance
A railway company has worked with its local community to commemorate Remembrance with a special poem. The poem, 'It took every soldier', was read aloud as part of EMR's annual Routes of Remembrance event, which is held each year in partnership with the Veterans Charity. The poem was created by Community Rail Partnership members and station adopters during a workshop run by creative writer Via McNab. It will be permanently displayed at Derby and Nottingham stations alongside other Remembrance artwork, as well as being showcased in poster cases throughout EMR's network during November.
A video capturing the essence of the poem has also been made available. The Remembrance events at Derby and Nottingham took place on Friday, November 10, at 10.45am, where as well as the poem reading and a bugler, there was a wreath-laying ceremony..
This year a memorial event was also introduced at Sheffield and EMR has worked with a charity called Artworks South Yorkshire to install knitted poppies on the archways around the station. Many other stations across EMR's network will also be decorated with poppies and war poems, including a poppy display at Willington and a war poem and poppy display at Beeston.
Will Rogers, managing director at East Midlands Railway, said: "Our annual Routes of Remembrance events are a way for us to honour our veterans and the sacrifices they have made for our country. I would like to thank Community Rail Partnership members and station adopters for again working so hard to make this year's event so poignant. The poem in particular is very moving and I would like to invite our customers to hear it being read aloud at one of the events or take the time to watch the video."