Weston-super-Mare will remember them...
PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 November 2017
The sun peaked out of the clouds at the beginning of the two-minute silence and a packed Grove Park remembered those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Thousands of people filled the park on Sunday at Weston-super-Mare’s Remembrance Sunday service to mark the 99th year since the end of World War One.
The event began with a parade through the town’s High Street by organisations including the armed forces, cadet groups, scouts, guides, cubs, brownies and rainbows and was led by the Royal British Legion Riders.
A marching band greeted people to the park’s war memorial, which was lined with the flags from different organisations, as war veterans and dignitaries stood shoulder to shoulder.
Town councillors made their way to the memorial from Grove House before cadets, veterans and serving officers stood to attention for the arrival of Mayor Jos Holder, Lord Lieutenant of Somerset Anne Maw and representatives from the emergency services.
The bitter cold wind did not deter the turn out at this landmark event, with people standing to attention as The Last Post was played to a silent park.
After the two-minute silence, the Kohima Epitaph was read followed by a wreath-laying ceremony.
As the poppy wreaths lined the memorial, the crowd sang two hymns and listened to readings and poems before coming together for the Lord’s Prayer and the national anthem.
Squadron Leader Garry Hawkes, who is the parade commander, said: “May I pay tribute to the thousands of members of the public, veterans and families who attended the parade and service and conducted themselves in a most dignified and respectful manner.
“Once again the two-minute silence was preserved immaculately, which always adds to the poignancy of the moment.
“During the silence after The Last Post to look across the crowds and see hundreds, if not thousands, of heads bowed, many in deep personal thoughts is both moving and humbling to say the least.”
People were invited to make their own dedications after the service and to place a cross in the Field of Remembrance to remember those who fought in the two World Wars.