Remembrance Events on
Photographs by Patrick
ON Sunday, 9 November
2014, the UK held remembrance services in most major cities,
towns and villages, remembering those who have given their lives
in the services, in wars and conflicts. This year's was
extremely poignant as it is the end to the Afghanistan
deployment and also marks the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day
Landings. Most notably though 2014 is a 100 years on from the
start of the 1st World War. All those and other conflicts and
wars were commemorated with services and also, in some areas
parades. In Southport, a short parade took place at the
Cenotaph, both before and after the marking of the 2 minutes
silence and short service and wreath-laying ceremony. "It
was fantastic to see the town come to a standstill at 11am. We
had so many people attending, and yes, the better weather would
have helped, but I think it also shows the public’s feelings
about our military and civilian services now. It was also
fantastic to see how many young people attended, not just in the
official parties, but also in the crowds. It often gets over
looked what it really means, but remembrance events like this
show the human cost of conflict and as well as showing the
respect for those serve to keep us free and safe. We need to
keep reminding all generations the sacrifices other generations
have given, and to show just how fragile the world can be, in
the hopes it will one day stop." a member of the
Southport British legion said afterwards. In Liverpool, the
services were exceptionally big, with many more than normal
attending. We hope to have some photos in next week’s issue for
you, and apologise for the delay. In Formby sadly, the weather
changed for their parade in the afternoon, to Holy Trinity
Church, for the Service of Remembrance and the parade back to
the Royal British Legion in the evening. One of the interesting
things about that parade though was the poignant backdrop of
full double rainbows both going and returning, above the
marching procession. On the 11 November, the true Remembrance
Day, known official Armistice Day was observed. Once again, most
events, despite its being a working day, attendance was high.
Also most workplaces and even the radio stations kept the 2
minutes silence. This was so noticeable in Formby, that you
could hear on the River Mersey the ships in the docks and on the
river, sounding hooters and horns to mark the start and the end
of the silence. The village itself came to a grinding halt and
people just stopped in their tracks, as the 2 minutes were
marked. Then after the service at the cenotaph a small service
was held at the graves of Polish Airmen who are buried at Our
Lady of Compassion Churchyard. The rain by then had started
again, but the short spell of drizzle added a strangely sombre
feel to the event, which was extremely fitting. All the services
and parades, apart from Liverpool's, are in this week’s edition
as videos and also still coverage. If you have any views or
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and let us know what you think of these events. To see the rest
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