County remembers war heroes

HUNDREDS of people turned out to remember Suffolk's war heroes in poignant ceremonies across the county.

HUNDREDS of people turned out to remember Suffolk's war heroes in poignant ceremonies across the county.

The remembrance service in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, led by Canon Allen Willett, was one of many taking place across the county as people marked the 61st anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Dignitaries from across Ipswich attended to lay wreaths and join in prayers for those who lost their lives fighting for our country.

Canon Willett told the congregation to pray not only for our own nation but for all communities worldwide that are experiencing conflict.

The crowd stood around the war memorial and joined the nation in a two minute silence which was only broken by the sound of three helicopters flying overhead.

Steven and Mandy King, both 32, of Henniker Road, Ipswich, brought their two sons, aged two and four-months.

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Mr King said: “We come every year and feel it is important to bring up our children to remember those who fought for this country.

“It was good to see so many people come out in the cold weather and take part in today's service, especially to see so many younger people.”

In Felixstowe hundreds gathered by the war memorial at the sea front following a Remembrance Day service at the Trinity Methodist Church, in Hamilton Road.

Felixstowe mayor Ann Rodwell gave a reading at the service before joining those laying wreaths at the memorial.

The centre of Stowmarket also fell silent for two minutes during to mark the day.

Yesterday's events came a day after young and old alike gathered at Ipswich Cemetery to remember those who lost their life in conflict.

Schoolchildren from Sidegate Lane Primary School and Springfield Junior School joined veterans to take part in a two-minute silence marking the end of hostilities in the First World War.

As well as taking part in the memorial service, youngsters were taught about the significance of the day by veterans as well as the importance of the sacrifice made by soldiers.

Eight-year-old Erin Bannister, a pupil at Springfield Junior School, said: “I have learned that people fought in wars and sometimes they died but they had been fighting to save our country.

“It is good to remember them for what they have done.”

Rex Sheppard, 73, a member of the Ipswich branch of Korean War Veterans, said it was important for children to get involved on such occasions.

“It keeps them aware of the day and the meaning of the day. Many were showing an interest in previous wars and the sacrifices that were made.”

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