Town prepares to honour fallen soldiers

IPSWICH: Hundreds of people will line the streets to stand in silence this weekend as the country remembers its fallen heroes.

IPSWICH: Hundreds of people will line the streets to stand in silence this weekend as the country remembers its fallen heroes.

In Ipswich, people of all generations will gather in the shadow of the town's cenotaph in Christchurch Park to pay their respects.

A procession through the town's streets will begin at 10.25am in Blackhorse Lane and end at the park's memorial.

War veterans will stand side by side to honour the fallen and wounded heroes by the laying of poppy wreaths.

Lorraine McClure, mother of Private Aaron McClure who was killed while serving in Afghanistan, will lay a wreath to honour six Ipswich-born soldiers killed in conflicts since 1945.

The six soldiers were added to the cenotaph in May during the re-dedication of the memorial.

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It will be the first time that soldiers killed since 1945 have been honoured at the Ipswich Remembrance Parade.

Organised by the Royal British Legion, the parade will be attended by members of the 4 Army Air Corps, based in Wattisham, and various dignities including town major, councillor David Goldsmith, and MPs Chris Mole and Sir Michael Lord.

Councillor Robin Vickery, chairman of the Royal British Legion Ipswich Branch, said: “It's so great that those who served in all wars can be remembered.

“After adding the six soldiers killed in conflicts since 1945 earlier this year, all soldiers born in Ipswich will be honoured.”

The fallen heroes of the two world wars will also be honoured on Armistice Day from 10.30am.

A service will take place at the graves of the soldiers who fought during the First and Second World Wars at Ipswich Cemetery.

Around 220 schoolchildren from Springfield Infant School, Sidegate Lane Primary and St John's Primary School will lay poppy crosses on each soldier's grave.

Mr Vickery added: “The demand for the legion is never-ending as current conflicts produce a further demand - we should always support those who have fought on our behalf.”

How should Ipswich remember its fallen soldiers? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

Soldiers added to the Cenotaph in May

Lieutenant Brian Swinbanks - of the Royal Engineers - killed in Korea in 1951

Private Ray McDonald - of the Royal Norfolk Regiment - killed in Korea in 1952

Lance Bombardier Maurice Brettell - of the Royal Artillery - killed in Korea in 1952

Flying Officer Kenneth W. Banyard - of the Royal Air Force - killed in Cyprus in 1976

Private Gary I. Barnes - of the Parachute Regiment - killed in Northern Ireland in 1979

Private Aaron McClure - of the Royal Anglian Regiment - killed in Afghanistan in 2007

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