—The ‘Why Are West Indian’ (WAWI) Project is a Voluntary Organisation that raises awareness of Caribbean Contribution to British heritage and society. Its production of replica Battle Standards of the West India and British West India Regiments (that saw active service in France, Italy, Africa, Palestine and Jordan) commemorate the gallantry and loyalty of thousands of brave men, who fought and died for Britain.
Joining Ex-Service Associations on public parades of Remembrance, British Caribbean veterans raise these Standards, thrusting this once ‘hidden history’ into the public arena. Incorporating the history and iconography of these Regiments, The WAWI Project also undertakes interactive workshops, based primarily within community settings.
The Project works with children, young people and adults to strengthen an understanding and recognition of over 4 centuries of mutual history. On Thursday 5th June WAWI Veterans joined students from Perry Beeches The Academy to commemorate the Centenary of World War One at Homelands Extra Care Housing (Great Barr). Residents and students shared stories and reflected to pay homage to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
On Thursday 10th July, The Project hosts a community Pop-UP Exhibition with Perry Barr Housing Liaison Board at Kingsdown Avenue, Great Barr (1pm – 3pm). This free event entitled Gallantry & Loyalty, offers visitors the chance to meet with veterans and experience ‘living history’.
Further details about The WAWI Project can be found on their Educational Website: www.whyarewestindians.co.uk