A blanket of hand-crafted poppies created by Peterborough artist Charron Pugsley-Hill was laid at the war memorial.
The blanket consists of 49 felt poppies made by Peterborough women, each poppy representing a year of Edith Cavell's life.
It also has a centrepiece design of Britain, Belgium and the sea that contains words and symbols associated with her remarkable life.
Among the words are the name of the Peterborough School she attended, Laurel Court.
The blanket's designer Charron Pugsley-Hill wanted to raise awareness about Edith Cavell's life in the Peterborough community.
A sculpture of the First World War nurse Edith Cavell has been unveiled in Belgium as part of events marking 100 years since her execution.
A 2 minute silence has been held at Peterborough Cathedral at 7am, the time First World War nurse Edith Cavell was executed 100 years ago
People from across the Anglia region are paying tribute to the life of one of the country’s greatest heroines.