A striking 32-metres-long red thread containing the words of War Poet Wilfred Owen has been unveiled at Edinburgh Napier University’s Craiglockhart Campus to mark the start of the 2018 Poppy Appeal.

It is one part of a nationwide network of installations which will highlight how the legacy of the First World War is woven through the fabric of our nation today. The public is being encouraged to say “Thank You” to the generation who served, sacrificed and changed our world.

The Thank You movement is a collaboration between Poppyscotland, The Royal British Legion and Legion Scotland. To mark the start of this year’s Poppy Appeal, a six-metre-high installation was unveiled at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Numerous threads lead from this focal point to poignant locations across the UK with each containing a message from the First World War generation. The Edinburgh thread is the only one in Scotland and recognises the contribution of the “War Poets” who were treated at Craiglockhart during the First World War when it was a military psychiatric hospital. (Cobseo news from Poppy Scotland, 25th October 2018)

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