Saturday, 21 October 2017

Services to mark Armistice Day and peace

ABOUT 40 people attended an Armistice Day service outside Henley town hall on Monday.

ABOUT 40 people attended an Armistice Day service outside Henley town hall on Monday.

Those present included Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak, members and staff of Henley Town Council and local priests.

They gathered in the rain at 11am to mark the official end of the First World War on November 11, 1918. Brigadier Malcolm Page, chairman of the Henley branch of the Royal British Legion, read Ode To Remembrance before a bugler played the Last Postto signal the start of a two-minute silence.

Brian Hughes, the standard bearer for Henley, and Colin Davies, who has a similar role for Peppard, dipped their flags in honour. Following the silence, Brig Page read the Kohima Epitaph.

The Nettlebed branch of the Legion marked Armistice Day with a service at the war memorial at the village church. Members of the branch were joined by children from the village school who laid a small wreath at the memorial.

Each of the 26 children then placed a poppy cross at the foot of the two First World War graves in the graveyard. The veterans answered questions from the children.

Plans are being drawn up to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great War in Nettlebed in August.

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