Secret Spitfires: lighting an icon in remembrance

This Armistice Day the iconic Secret Spitfire Memorial in Salisbury will be brightly lit into the evening to commemorate the efforts of all those involved in the construction of Salisbury’s Secret Spitfires – an achievement that was instrumental in winning the Battle of Britain.

Every year we remember military and civilian sacrifices made during conflict. The Secret Spitfire Charity manages the Memorial and is committed to honouring the memory of the secret workforce and spreading the story of their incredible endeavours.

Light My Space are Friends of the Secret Spitfires Memorial, an honour given in recognition of the many hours of volunteering to find and install original aircraft lights (made in 1943) and convert them to remotely controlled LED. We also lit the Spitfire from below, creating the effect that searchlights or landing strip lights might have had, so it can be seen and enjoyed into the evening.

As well as the inauguration of the memorial in July that commemorated the Normandy Landings, the Spitfire was also a focus for the Battle of Britain Day commemoration in September and now Armistice Day. The Armistice, an agreement to end the fighting of the First World War as a prelude to peace negotiations, began at 11am on 11 November 1918. Armistice is Latin for to stand (still) arms. The red poppy is a symbol of remembrance and of hope, including hope for a positive future and a peaceful world.

If you would like to know more about the lighting of the Secret Spitfire Memorial, contact us for a copy of our Secret Spitfire Special newsletter.


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