Sunday, 9th November dawned bright and cold under a clear blue sky as crowds gathered around the War Memorial on the Market Hill in Woodbridge. Golden leaves tumbled from the trees and lined the pavements as the Remembrance Day Parade marched through the streets, led by the band. Soldiers from 23 Engineer Regiment (Air Assault), (pictured right) based at the local Rock Barracks, received a particularly warm welcome following their recent return from duty in Afghanistan. The Act of Remembrance was led by the Rector, the Revd. Kevan S. McCormack, and wreaths were laid on behalf of the Woodbridge Branch of The Royal British Legion, town dignitaries and representatives of local organisations.
A silent vigil for peace was held simultaneously in the adjacent Parish Church of St. Mary’s, where a stunning arrangement of poppies added poignancy to the occasion.
The Parade then moved to the Market Square where a Service of Remembrance (pictured left) was held: the hymns were accompanied by the band; a reading by The Town Mayor, Councillor Les Binns, told the amazing story of Violette Szabo GC; prayers were led by representatives of Churches around the town; the moving and inspiring Address was given by The Revd. Steve Hancock, Chaplain of 23 Engineer Regiment. The service ended with a blessing by the Rector and the National Anthem.
A reception was then held at The Royal British Legion in the Thoroughfare and coffee was served in St. Mary’s Church Centre.
But the warmest moment of the day was the applause and cheers for ‘our boys’ of 23 Engineer Regiment, for whom this must have been a most thought provoking ceremony.
"When you go home, tell them of us and say
For your tomorrow, we gave our today."
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