Ipswich: Town prepares to honour war dead on Remembrance Sunday

The official launch of the Ipswich Poppy Appeal campaign in Ipswich.

The official launch of the Ipswich Poppy Appeal campaign in Ipswich. - Credit: Archant

Two days of events to honour those who gave their lives for this country start on Sunday at the Cenotaph in Christchurch Park, Ipswich.

The annual Ipswich Remembrance Sunday service starts at 10.50am at the War Memorial.

The service, which is being organised by the Royal British Legion, will be attended by Ipswich mayor Hamil Clarke, local veterans, cadets, civic leaders and the public.

After the service, the mayor will take the salute at the March Past near Christchurch Mansion.

The following day, November 11, local schoolchildren will join veterans, the mayor and the deputy mayor, councillor Mary Blake, at the Fields of Honour in the Old Cemetery for a service of remembrance.

This marks the 95th anniversary of the guns falling silent on the Western Front.

Each child will lay a poppy at the grave of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

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Meanwhile, the borough is working with a wide range of other organisations to plan a series of events to commemorate the centenary of key milestones in the First World War.

These will start with a special service and candle-lit vigil in August next year – 100 years since the world was plunged into a terrible conflict.

In 2014, guests from Arras will travel to Ipswich for the Remembrance service, and then the mayor will go to France for a special service in the northern French town that suffered terrible damage in the war.

Guests from Germany and Belgium will also attend.

Key events over the next five years are already being planned in the town.

These will concentrate on events that affected the Ipswich area during the war years, which will complement the national events being planned by the Government and the Royal British Legion.

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