Veteran Residents Celebrate Memorial Unveiling
Residents of Lawson House Extra Care Housing Scheme in Larkfield got together on Wednesday 22nd September, to celebrate the unveiling of their new memorial in the veterans’ garden.
With twenty of the apartments at the scheme retained exclusively for housing veterans, residents and staff decided that they wanted to create a fitting tribute for those who have lived there, live there now and will do so in the future, in creating a memorial for the veterans’ garden.
The idea was commissioned shortly after the scheme opened and after many brainstorms, ideas shared, and a few hiccups along the way, a design was agreed and Stonemason, Darren Emptage, was appointed to manufacture and install the veterans memorial.
Overjoyed with the completed memorial, the residents now have a focal point where they can sit and reflect, as well as a spot to hold future remembrance services and events.
To celebrate the completion of the memorial, the residents, many of whom served during WW2 and still hold their memories of D-Day, invited friends of the scheme to join them in a special unveiling event.
In addition to the usual speeches and refreshments, a vicar blessed the monument and a lone bugler called the ever-evocative Last Post, inviting residents and guests to join a two minutes silence, reflecting on their own memories and those of loved ones lost. Scheme carer, Jools, also made a beautiful cake for the occasion, which closely resembled the memorial and was adorned with glistening edible poppies.
Lawson House is an extra care housing scheme for over 55s, providing independent living with support. Twenty of the 74 apartments are reserved for veterans. The inclusion of homes exclusively for veterans was possible due to the significant financial contributions of sponsors, including The Lawson Trust, after which the development is named.