Somerset to commemorate the fallen on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday
PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:10 10 November 2017
Somerset will stand in silence together to remember those who lost their lives during the two world wars this weekend.
On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, people from across Weston are invited to a remembrance parade and service at the war memorial in Grove Park on Sunday.
The Remembrance Parade will begin in the High Street at 10.25am which will see cadets and army personnel lead the way to the memorial.
Lord lieutenant for Somerset Anne Maw will be joining the mayor and Weston Town Council in the procession from Grove House to the memorial.
The service will begin with a two-minute silence following We Will Remember Them.
People will have the opportunity to lay wreaths before a full service begins, made up of hymns, speeches and poems.
This year will see the 99th anniversary of the end of the Great War, where more than 37 million people died.
Royal British Legion parade commander Garry Hawkes said: “This year is going to be a big service in preparation for the centennial next year.
“This is an opportunity to not only remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War One but also to remember those who are still paying the price for their service.
“People see the physical impacts of war but not the mental.
“It is important that we remind ourselves there is still conflict and people are still fighting to protect us every day.”
Mr Hawkes told the Mercury it is also important to include the younger generation in the services.
Cadets, Scouts, Cubs, Brownies and Guides will all participate in the service and Mr Hawkes hopes other people will follow suit.
He added: “If we want to be marking this occasion in another 50 or 100 years then we must educate our young people about Remembrance Sunday.”
This year there will be a Field of Remembrance at the memorial. In one of the plots people will be invited to mark their support by placing a carved cross with a poppy in the field, but they are asked not to do this until the end of the service.
There will be a two-minute silence in Weston’s High Street on Saturday at 11am to coincide with Armistice Day.