Remembrance Day Tribute Soars Past Fundraising Target

Our moving tribute featuring 200 full-size silhouettes of soldiers to commemorate Remembrance Day has raised more than £38,000 for the Royal British Legion.

The ‘Standing with Giants’ figures are the work of Witney-based artist Dan Barton and are made from recycled building materials.

The original fundraising target for the soldier silhouette art installation was an ambitious £30,000 over a two-week period. However, the target was reached within a week and organisers are now hoping to exceed £40,000.

“We have been overwhelmed by the positive responses we have received to Dan’s poignant tribute to our fallen soldiers,” said our Operations Director, Heather Carter.

“The figures have proved to be hugely popular and have helped to raise a significant sum for all the amazing work being done across the country by the Royal British Legion.

“It has been deeply moving to see the effect they have had on people and they have clearly struck a chord with visitors of all ages,” she added.

The Royal British Legion deliver vital care and services every day in support of serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.

They help to ensure the highest quality of care for those suffering physical and mental health issues and help families that need time to reconnect.

The first Remembrance Day was observed in 1919 throughout Britain and the Commonwealth. Originally called Armistice Day, it commemorated the end of hostilities the previous year. It came to symbolise the end of the war and provide an opportunity to remember those who had died.

Blenheim Palace has a long connection with British military history dating back to its creation back in the 18th century. Its construction was financed by Queen Anne, on behalf of a grateful nation, following the first Duke of Marlborough’s victories in the War of the Spanish Succession.

It was used as a rehabilitation hospital for soldiers returning from the front in WWI and is both the birthplace, and the final resting place, of Sir Winston Churchill.

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