Last Sunday, we attended the poignant and moving Royal British Legion Remembrance Parade, Service and Ceremony at Keynsham Memorial Park. It was a beautiful morning for reflection and it was warming to see so much support from the local community.
Keynsham Park is a place we often visit, primarily for the playgrounds and to walk the dogs. it’s also where I ran my Yoga in the Park classes during the Summer. There’s a memorial at the park entrance that commemorates those men from Keynsham & Saltford that have fallen in World War I, World War II and the Falklands Conflict.
It’s easy to walk by the memorial without paying this memorial much attention. On Sunday, they commemorated the 80 men that died during the First World War (1914 – 1918) by reading out their names. We had not realised how many men had died, sacrificing their own lives that we could benefit from the freedom we experience today.
The most striking image was at St John’s Church on the High Street. Keynsham in Bloom encouraged people to knit poppies. These then formed the centrepiece for the town’s display remembering those that had lost their lives. The thousands of knitted poppies were then draped down the side of the church, with a ‘pool’ of poppies on the ground.
So much of my yoga practice is about being present in the moment. In our often busy lives, it can seem difficult to find the time to reflect in this way. So, I could not think of a better way to mark my respect by using last week’s Yoga for Men class to donate all proceeds to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
Through the generosity of my students, the £60 we raised could be used, for example, to provide food and temporary accommodation for ex-service men or women.