In the build-up to Remembrance Sunday, Eynsham Fire Station near Oxford has created a powerful video to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in world wars and conflicts.
BFBS Germany's Chris Keen spoke to the man who came up with the idea, Firefighter Stuart Smith who said the inspiration initially came after they took some photos of drills from their training tower in the yard and noticed how the hose was laid out and a spark of inspiration was formed.
It is not the first time they have made videos like this. In the past, they have used the hose to spell out words and create safety messages. Firefighter Stuart was the cameraman and his wife Tanya played The Last Post as she is a cornet player for Yarnton Brass Band.
“Forming the poppy to remember our fallen heroes seemed like an amazing idea particularly as the colour of our equipment fitted perfectly.”
WATCH the touching tribute video below...
Eynsham Fire Station firefighters always attend the memorial in their village square every year and have had a presence at every repatriation since they moved to Brize Norton. This year they wanted to step up their game, hence the creation of the video tribute.
Eagle-eyed viewers might have noticed that the video is filmed in reverse. They set up the beautiful hose poppy and then filmed themselves picking it up so that a quick edit can make it look like they are laying down the hoses perfectly.
"We have to plan it out quite meticulously and make sure that everybody knows what we're doing before we start because obviously if it goes wrong once we're recording it, we've got a lot of setting up to do to get it back to how it was originally."
So far the video has been viewed a staggering 2.8 million times with nearly 77,000 shares. Stuart explained his surprise at how popular the video has become.
"Thank you so much for your kind comments on Twitter regarding our remembrance video. We are overwhelmed that we have managed to touch so many people, many of the comments coming from ex-service men and women."
BFBS Germany were inspired to do their own Remembrance video which you can watch below...