A ceremony will be held in Horsham town centre today (November 11) to remember those who have given their lives in conflicts across the globe.
Horsham Branch of the Royal British Legion will hold a short ceremony at the War Memorial in the Carfax for those who wish to remember at the ‘eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month’.
St Mary’s CE Primary School and Arunside Primary School in Horsham will bring pupils to the War Memorial to witness the ceremony.
The council has liaised with the Royal British Legion and both organisations say they very much welcome the opportunity to involve young people in the ceremony, which begins with music from 10.30am.
The Exhortation will be read by Nigel Caplin, chairman, RBL Horsham Branch.
Christian Mitchell, chairman of Horsham District Council, will lay a wreath.
This will be followed by the planting of 12 Remembrance crosses by children from both schools.
The Rev Jimmy Young, Curate at St Mary’s Church, Horsham, will speak and say a short prayer.
On Sunday November 13, the War Memorial in the Carfax will be the focus of this year’s Remembrance Sunday service.
The service will begin at 10.50am led by Canon Guy Bridgewater, Vicar of Horsham. After the arrival of the parade at the War Memorial, the service will start with the hymn ‘O God Our Help in Ages Past’.
This will be followed by The Last Post. The Vicar will then lead the Exhortation.
The two minutes’ silence, in memory of the fallen, will follow at 11am before Christian Mitchell, the chairman of Horsham District Council, lays a wreath on behalf of the people of the Horsham district at the War Memorial.
He will then be followed by Nigel Caplin, chairman of the Royal British Legion Horsham Branch and Jeremy Quin MP.
Representatives of the armed services and youth organisations will then lay their wreaths, each as a mark of solemn respect.
A blessing will mark the end of the War Memorial service.
The Parade Marshall will call the parade to attention and they will then march to the Parish Church of St Mary The Virgin in the Causeway, Horsham, for the Remembrance Sunday Service to which everyone is welcome.
After the service, the parade will leave the Causeway and march back through to the Carfax where the chairman of Horsham District Council and the chairman of the Royal British Legion will take the salute. Working with the Church and district council, the Royal British Legion is the main local organiser of Horsham’s Remembrance Sunday service.
A number of Remembrance Sunday services take place throughout the Horsham district on the Sunday.
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