As I usually do on Remembrance Sunday I have attended three services today to mark this special day. Starting with the official Civic Service at the Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Bury Town Centre. The route of the Parade from the Town Hall to the Parish church was lined with people of all ages. There was a large crowd outside the church to witness the Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial. Inside the church was full for the actual Service and the Rector gave a thoughtful and indeed thought provoking sermon.
In the afternoon I took part in the Tottington Parade and Act of Remembrance where I undertook my duties as Churchwarden. I again laid a wreath in memory of ll those who have lost their lives in the service of the Crown.
This evening I attended what I always find the most moving service of the day. The evensong and Roll Call at St. Anne’s Parish Church. During the Act of Remembrance every name recorded on the Roll of Honour recording those who were killed in the two World Wars is read out aloud and the church bell is tolled after each name. It truly brings home the reality of the personal nature of the losses in the village.