Monday, November 11, 2013
Silence fell over the region today as hundreds of schoolchildren, residents and dignitaries joined veterans in marking Armistice Day.
Acts of remembrance took place across Suffolk and north-east Essex a day after thousands lined the streets and flocked to parks and churches to commemorate the war dead in moments of quiet contemplation.
In Ipswich, schoolchildren joined veterans, Mayor Hamil Clarke and the Deputy Mayor Mary Blake at the Fields of Honour in the Old Cemetery for a service of remembrance.
In a moving ceremony, each child laid a poppy cross at the graves of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
The children came from Suffolk One, Sidegate Primary School, Springfield Junior School, St John’s Primary School, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School and Britannia Primary School.
Thousands throughout the town observed the two-minute silence as a maroon rocket in Christchurch Park in Ipswich marked the start of the silence.
Thousands gathered at Christchurch Park for the annual Remembrance Sunday service yesterday.
Mr Clarke said: “Again, we have had the opportunity to pay our respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and we will never forget their courage and service to their country.
“Both the Remembrance Sunday service at Christchurch Park and the poppy-laying ceremony and service here today were very moving occasions.”
Elsewhere, Saxmundham Royal British Legion branch secretary Rose Damiral-White said more than 150 people turned out to watch Theresa Coffey lay the wreath at the War Memorial to mark Armistice Day in the town.
“It was absolutely tremendous, “she said
“People not only want to remember the past, they also want to remember and pay tribute to what’s happening currently.
“We’ve had more and more young people who are showing an interest – we must have had 300 people on Sunday and many of them were youngsters.”
Meanwhile, dozens of people gathered at the War Memorial on Angel Hill for an Armistice Day Remembrance service in Bury St Edmunds.
The town council organised the event in conjunction with the Bury branch of the Royal British Legion.
The service was led by clergy from St Mary’s Church, and a lone bugler sounded the last post before the town fell silent for two minutes in honour of the fallen.
Wreathes were laid at the memorial by six town councillors and council leader John Griffiths.
Town clerk Julia Dyball said it was heartening to see the event so well attended.
She added: “It is good to see the people of Bury St Edmunds are following the national trend of attributing more and more significance to these events. It has come to the forefront more so than ever in recent years that we owe so much to these people – and that history could have given us a completely different outcome without them.”
Students from Debenham High School paid their respects to the millions of men and women who lost their lives serving their country.
Year and 7 and 8 youngsters visited St Mary Magdalen Church in the village for the remembrance service.
A selection of Year 8 pupils laid wreaths and crosses in remembrance. Students who are part of any cadet organisations acted as a guard of honour at the service – representing all the servicemen and women who have fought.
Year 8 student, Charlottle Williams, delivered a reading about the purpose and meaning of The Royal British Legion. As the youngest member of this organisation she said she was incredibly proud to represent them yesterday.