Residents invited to public annual Remembrance events
As the start of Remembrance approaches, Great Yarmouth Borough Council invites residents to commemorate the fallen and support the armed forces community in person at several public events in the upcoming weeks.
Remembrance Day, also known as Poppy Day owing to the tradition of wearing a remembrance poppy, is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth member states since the end of the First World War to honour armed forces members who have died in the line of duty.
The Royal British Legion, which has supported the Armed Forces community since 1921, and Revd Albert Cadmore as Mayor's Chaplain, will attend all events.
Poppy Appeal launch - October 26, 10.55 am
The Royal British Legion distribute their paper poppies every year in November to raise vital funds. Poppy sellers will launch their annual Poppy Appeal at the covered Market Place from Thursday, 26 October, at 10.55am.
Blessing of the Crosses - November 8, 10:55am
The annual Blessing of the Crosses ceremony on Wednesday, November 8, will take place at the Cenotaph in St George's Park. The ceremony will be led by Rev Canon Simon Ward and allow people to go and place their crosses, with the names of servicemen and women who lost their lives during the war written on them, in the memorial area.
Remembrance Day - November 12, 10.50 pm
The borough's Remembrance Sunday service will take place at the War Memorial at St George's Park, on Sunday, November 12. The Parade Marshals and Youth Organisations will march to St George's Park at 10.35 am. Residents are invited to gather at 10.50 am with a two-minute silence at 11 am.
Rev Pauline Simpson who is Chaplain and secretary/Welfare Officer for the Far East Prisoner of War (FEPOW) will be holding a service at 12.30 pm. The event will take place at the Far East Prisoner of War (FEPOW) Memorial on the Marine Parade. Attendees are asked to arrive at 12.20 pm for a 12.30 pm.
Mayor of Great Yarmouth, Cllr Penny Carpenter and a representative from the Royal British Legion will both lay wreaths.
Her Worship said: "We invite residents to join us in commemorating these events, remembering those who have fallen in battle and pay their respects."