Hundreds gather to give thanks on Armistice Day

Communities / Tue 11th Nov 2014 at 07:43pm

AROUND 250 people observed two-minute silence at 11am today outside Harlow Civic Centre and at Potter Street Memorial Cross to remember the sacrifice of the men and women of the Armed Services who gave their lives in the service of their country.

A two-minute silence has been held around the UK to mark the anniversary of the World War One armistice.

Joining the two-minute silence outside the Civic Centre were representatives from local armed forces, residents, Council staff and Councillors. A small service was led by Reverend Martin Harris with the Chair of Harlow Council Ian Beckett reading the lord’s prayer. The Last Post and Reveille was performed by Lynette Bonfield from Harlow Concert Band.

A service, led by the local League of Gentleman, was also held at the Potter Street Memorial Cross. Laying wreaths around the cross were representatives from the League of Gentleman, Royal British Legion, Essex Police, Longwood SArmistice Daychool and residents.

The 100 year-old memorial cross at Potter Street was restored early this year by the Council as part of its World War One Centenary project. The names of two soldiers – Albert Edward Wilson and Charles Arthur Hall – who served in the First World War and had connections with Harlow have recently been added to the memorial as part of the Council’s project.

Councillor Ian Beckett, Chair of Harlow Council, said: “Today Harlow joined millions across the country to remember those who died during the First World War and all conflicts since. The day is always an extremely moving one – a day of reflection – and this year not only marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War one but also 70 years since the D-Day landings and the end of Britain’s conflict in Afghanistan.”

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