Banbury pauses and declares: we will remember them


Wreaths were laid at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month

Around the area people fell silent at 11am this morning to mark Armistice Day – so named in recognition of the armistice signed between the Allies of the first World War and Germany in 1918.  This led to the end of hostilities at the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”.

One-hundred and five years later the annual Armistice Service took place in People’s Park around 11am, led by the Banbury Royal British Legion Chaplin, the Reverend Lynda Spokes.

A wreath was placed at the War Memorial on behalf of the Banbury Royal British Legion by President and Councillor Kieron Mallon.  Town Mayor Councillor Fiaz Ahmed placed a wreath on behalf of Banbury Town Council.

Following a reading of the Royal British Legion Ode, in bright, crisp autumnal sunshine, Branch Chairman Chris Smithson said the words of Laurence Binyon’s “For the Fallen”, with those stood around the memorial replying “We will remember them.”

Buglers Mike Neal and Chris Page played The Last Post leading into two minutes silence.

Today’s event is one of three in Banbury this weekend.   Yesterday around 100 people attended a commemoration at the Alcan Garden of Remembrance on the Southam Road Amazon site.   Tomorrow the town will host a Remembrance Sunday parade and service.   A number of other events are lined up around the area.

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Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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