Activism

Flowerbombing for Women of World War II – Cambridge Blue Belles WI React to Act of Vandalism with Peaceful Protest

When news emerged on Saturday night of the profane graffiti left on the memorial for the Women of World War Two at Whitehall, WI Member and Founding President of Cambridge Blue Belles WI, Joanne Croxford, was OUTRAGED. Within minutes, she rounded up support from member of Let’s Make Jam WI, Stoke-on-Trent, Rebecca Brown and together they hatched a plan. ‘flower bombing’ the defaced memorial in London.

Both were willing to travel miles to do so – and by this time, Cambridge Blue Belles President, Laura Petchey, was equally upset, joined ranks and was ready to fight with flowers!

To not deter from the planned VE Day parade past Whitehall, the group decided to cover local cenotaphs with flowers and leave cards marked #flowersforheroines to show their respect for the women who gave SO much for this country and the world during its time of need.

Little did they know that through the means of Twitter and Facebook, their gesture of respect to those women who were represented in the memorial, would go viral and photos would start being posted from ALL over the country. By this point, the campaign had even gone outside the reaches of the WI, with a branch of rural police in Lincolnshire laying flowers with the #flowersforheroines tag. The campaign continues and through the power of social media, is snowballing to well over 150 WIs in participation with the numbers growing by the minute.

What’s next? The group plan to yarn storm (slightly less aggressive sounding than a bomb!), the original war memorial at Whitehall on the morning of Thursday 4th June to coincide with the WI’s AGM in London on the same day. This way, more members can be represented and gather to show the respect and honour that each and every participant expresses through being a part of #flowersforheroines.

– Joanne Croxford

PLEASE NOTE: we are laying the wreaths and will NOT affix or adorn ANYTHING to the memorial so that our gesture can be easily removed should it need to be. This is an act of response to vandalism and to that end, we will NOT be leaving a permanent mark on the memorial.

LINKS TO ARTICLES

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-32688906

http://m.cambridge-news.co.uk/Cambridge-WI-s-flower-bomb-campaign-takes-London/story-26480141-detail/story.html

Cambridge Blue Belles LINKS

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