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Remembrance Sunday

Wednesday, 12 November 2003 Leave a comment Go to comments

The 9th was Remembrance Sunday. We arrived at St. Mary’s a few minutes before the appointed starting time to find the place packed with people. (This is not the normal way of things at St. Mary’s.) The morning service was attended by several troops of scouts, local business people, members of the Village Council as well as Veterans with strings of medals pinned to their chests.

The Colours were paraded to the front and put on display for the duration of the service. There were prayers for those who fought in the war, as well as a reading of the names of all the young men who lost their lives during the two world wars. There was a short “sermon” on Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day. We sang a couple of hymns, as well as God Save the Queen. (My Country Tis of Thee is the tune – I used to know the words long ago when we lived in Australia, but no longer.) A collection was taken for the Poppy Appeal. After the Colours were retired, we all marched out to the village green and the War Memorial. There the scout troups, Village Council and business members participated in a ceremory placing poppy wreaths by the memorial. After this was done a trumpeter signaled and we observed two minutes of silence in honor of those lost in the wars. (This was done across the nation at 11AM.)

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