West & Coe puts together the tribute each year ahead of Armistice Day as a way of honouring those who served, including those who never came home after conflicts.
John Crew from the company is instrumental in creating the displays.
“I want people to stop, I want them to come in, I want them to ask questions. It’s very personal to me; it’s my Dad’s medals, my uncle’s medals, my wife’s uncle’s medals. One of my wife’s uncles went through two world wars … with the navy.”
John says he does it to honour his father and uncles who all served. Sadly, one of John’s uncles was killed in action while serving in Singapore.
“It’s my Dad I do it especially for. He’s not around anymore but I do it for him.
“He would be over the moon with it, he would have tears in his eyes. He was a very big military man all his life and he would love what we’re doing. It’s not done enough today unfortunately that’s the biggest problem.”
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