Friday, 12 August 2022

Henley remembers

HENLEY paid tribute to fallen servicemen on Remembrance Sunday

HENLEY paid tribute to fallen servicemen on Remembrance Sunday.

Hundreds of people gathered in front of Henley town hall just before 11am for a service to honour town?s war dead.

Beforehand there was a parade featuring veterans and serving servicemen and women, civic dignitaries and representatives of the Henley and Peppard branch of the Royal British Legion, the fire service, police and St John Ambulance as well as sea, army and air cadets, guides, brownies, scouts and cubs who carried their group?s standards.

This was followed by a flypast by two helicopters ? a Chinook and a Puma - from RAF Benson.

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The Rev Canon Martyn Griffiths, the rector of St Mary?s Church, began the 30-minute service, saying: "In recent months we have brought to mind several significant anniversaries in the stories of the First and Second World Wars and in the coming years there will be many others.

?Today we gather, as we do each year, to pray for peace in the world God made and peace for which so many have already laid down their lives and for which so many continue to die, day by day.?

Standards were lowered as The Last Post was sounded by Gregor Spowart, of the Woodley Concert Band.

A two-minute silence was observed by the spectators, who removed their hats and bowed their heads.

Reveille was then played before the Kohima Epitaph was read aloud.

The crowd then sang together the hymn Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven.

The Mayor?s cadet, Corporal Matthew Case, 15, read the lesson from the steps of the town hall.

Rev Griffiths then led prayers before the Mayor of Henley Lorraine Hillier addressed the crowd.

She said: ?We know much of the dates and facts of the world wars but we cannot fully comprehend the suffering of the servicemen and women and their families both during the conflicts and after.

?We keep their memory alive even after all these years have passed because they lost their lives defending our country, protecting the freedom we have today."

The crowd then sang I Vow to Thee My Country.

The Act of Commitment was led by Rev Griffiths and followed by the Lord?s Prayer and National Anthem.

Wreaths were laid on the steps of the town hall by the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire Tim Stevenson, the Mayor, South Oxfordshire District Council and the Henley and Peppard branch of the Royal British Legion.

Brian Hughes, who is the standard bearer for the branch, placed a wreath for the Henley Dunkirk Veterans before kissing his fingertips and then touching the memorial on the front of the town hall.

Wreaths were also laid on behalf of the army, sea and air cadets, fire service, police, the RNLI, guides, brownies, scouts and cubs, Rotary clubs, the Henley Lions, St John Ambulance, the Red Cross and Henley Round Table.

This was followed by a march past around Market Place by the cadets and community groups who were applauded by the crowd.

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