12 DECEMBER 2017
The First World War had ended on the 11th November 1918, the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For many years since then Remembrance Sunday has been the time when those who died, were injured, or fought for and supported our country are remembered. The most important event is at the Cenotaph, in London, and her Majesty attends. As she is over 90 now, this year was the first she had not been able to lay the wreath, so Prince Charles performed that duty. The Queen – and Prince Philip – watched the ceremony, and both were clearly emotional. They had both played valuable roles in the Second World War.
Many shops and businesses had had a two-minute silence at 11am yesterday. The nearest Sunday to that date is called Remembrance Sunday, with ceremonies held nationwide. So this year it was on the 12th. Next year, of course, will be even more special, as it will be 100 years since the end of WW1,
There were three ceremonies in our area, and a page will be given to each over the next couple of days, with pictures and, I hope, some video.
- A wreath-laying service at Purewell Cross War Memorial at 9.15am.
- A procession and wreath-laying ceremony at the Priory Church later that morning. Service followed.
- A procession and wreath-laying ceremony at St Mark’s Church, Highcliffe, in the afternoon. Service followed.
There was also a service at 9.30am at St Luke’s Church in Burton
Please check back for the reports. The picture at the top was taken after the ceremony at The Priory.