Today was an absolutely gorgeous day! The seagulls were flying over head, beckoning us to come to the sea side. So our dear Mr. Ray came to our humble homeschool and picked us up for yet another Field Trip Friday adventure.
We headed to the seaside, to the village of Seaham. We have been there many times before but today would be a bit different. We have been there on the bus to only one part of Seaham and today we took a walk along the other bit. Today was also special because today, June 6th, is D-Day.
The village was a buzz today. I thought it a bit odd that a normal work and school day would be so busy in this little seaside community. There were many people heading to and from the harbour park in the centre of town. We headed there ourselves to see what the excitement was about.
It seems that Seaham has a visiting work of art. A statue of a World War I solider is on loan to the village. A local artist created this amazing work and it seems the seaside village of Seaham has fallen in love with “Tommy”. “Tommy”, as the work of art is called, sits larger than life before the World War I memorial that all town centres have here in England.
There was a donation bucket near the statue and people were literally dropping money in it like rain. Seaham wants “Tommy” to stay. The people of Seaham are set out to raise the funds to purchase this amazing work of art.
It was so good to see that the communities here still remember the heroes of war. They have not been forgotten and I pray they never will be.
We enjoyed our time at Seaham. We learned a bit of history that I will share with you tomorrow. I will leave you with these photos of the lovely day at the seaside and a song that Mr. Ray taught us as well.
“Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside
I do like to be beside the sea!
I do like to stroll upon the Prom, Prom, Prom!
Where the brass bands play:
You can read more about the mission to purchase this statue on Facebook under the group “Mission 1101”