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Remembrance Day

I buy a poppy every year without fail, because it is a wortwhile cause worth supporting. However, I am rather ashamed to admit that I have never actually attended the ceremony at the local war memorial on Remembrance Sunday. This year I resolved to put that right and by coincidence the 11th fell on the Sunday anyway, so it was a good one to attend.

There were so few veterans from the Second World War that it was a poignant reminder of how time marches on and how I am aging. When I was born the War was recent history; now it is less so, particularly for the latest generations. Sadly there are still conflicts that require the ultimate sacrifice from our brave service personnel and this was an opportunity to honour and remember them all.

A large crowd were in attendance to join in the prayers, the 2 minute silence and to enthusiastically applaud the veterans as they marched off at the end. I felt both proud and humble to be a part of it and resolved to do the same next year.

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A really great series John.

If they were mine I would be at the local paper disc in hand.

Impressive quality from the O-MD and of course the man himself.

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Great series John and as Barrie says worthy of print.
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Re: Remembrance Day

A very nice set of images of a ceremony that means so much to me. Many years of standing on cold City Hall steps in my Service Dress with No.1 hat and then back to the Mess for a buffet lunch.
But I have never had the honour of placing a wreath myself until this year when I was asked to do just this at the village memorial. To lay the wreath, be able to read out the names of Villagers lost in the two World Wars, then the Ode of Remembrance, manage the two minutes silence and finally quote the Kohima Epitaph was an honour that will forever stay with me. It doesn't matter whether I am ever asked to do it again, the memory is mine.

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Very worthy photographs. I like the informality of the first 2 shots.
They say that poppy sales increased tremendously this year as did the turnout for the services.
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Very worthy photographs. I like the informality of the first 2 shots.
They say that poppy sales increased tremendously this year as did the turnout for the services.
Yes, I got there early (unusual for me ) and took a few pictures as people started to gather.
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A very nice set of images of a ceremony that means so much to me. Many years of standing on cold City Hall steps in my Service Dress with No.1 hat and then back to the Mess for a buffet lunch.
But I have never had the honour of placing a wreath myself until this year when I was asked to do just this at the village memorial. To lay the wreath, be able to read out the names of Villagers lost in the two World Wars, then the Ode of Remembrance, manage the two minutes silence and finally quote the Kohima Epitaph was an honour that will forever stay with me. It doesn't matter whether I am ever asked to do it again, the memory is mine.

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What an honour, David, I can appreciate how much that meant to you.
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