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We Will Remember Them

by Michael Ford last modified 23 Oct, 2019 11:24 AM

Preparations are well underway in many of our parishes for Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day 2019. Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting some of these, starting with Wimborne in Dorset.

We Will Remember Them

Wimborne, 2018

The town hosts one of the larger Remembrance Day Services and Parades in Dorset, with over 350 involved in the Parade and more than 600 expected at the Service in Wimborne Minster.

The Wimborne Minster Town & Wimborne Royal British Legion 2019 Remembrance Day Service will be held at 3pm on the afternoon of Sunday November 10th. Having an afternoon Service allows those with commitments at other services elsewhere in the morning to come back to the town and remember together with neighbours and friends.

Individuals and organisations taking part in the Parade which starts off the Act of Remembrance will gather at the Royal British Legion Car Park, leaving at around 2.40pm for the Minister, led by The Wessex Military Band.

After the Service the congregation will gather at the War memorial on Minster Green. Wreaths will be laid, led by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset, Angus Campbell Esq, followed by the Two Minutes' Silence.

Just as at services throughout the country, individuals and organisations will also be laying their own wreaths remembering all the fallen of past and current wars.

In Wimborne the Parade will march back to the Royal British Legion passing the saluting dais where the HM Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Angus Campbell Esq will take the Salute.

Armistice Day will also be commemorated by the Wimborne Minster Town & Wimborne Royal British Legion with a short Service at the War Memorial on Minster Green, followed by Two Minutes' Silence at 11am. This will be followed by the laying of a Wreath.

Meanwhile another big Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service will be taking place in Salisbury in the Market Place at 11am.

The ceremony will be led by the Salisbury Branch of the Royal British Legion and supported by Salisbury City Council.

Everyone will gather at the War Memorial for Two Minutes' Silence at 11am followed by prayers.

Following this, the parade will march along New Canal, where Deputy Lieutenant Mr Peter Pleydell-Bouverie accompanied by the Mayor Cllr John Walsh, will take the salute. The parade will then process to St Thomas’s Church for the Sunday Service at 11.40am.

All are welcome to attend this service.

2019 marks the 80th anniversary of the arrival of the first wave of World War 2 evacuees in Salisbury. They began to arrive here on 1st September 1939, 2 days before war was declared. As part of Salisbury’s celebration of Remembrance, Bemerton History Society will be hosting an exhibition in Salisbury Guildhall on Sunday 10th and 11th November. It will tell the story of the arrival of children and their teachers from Portsmouth and the welcome they received.

On Monday 11th November there will also be a small ceremony in the Guildhall Square at 11am to mark Armistice Day, which all are also welcome to attend.

In 2018, with the help of the Heritage Lottery fund, local artist Suzie Gutteridge worked with community groups to create 5,000 felt poppies, which were stitched onto 100 puttees. These were displayed at Salisbury Cathedral to act as a symbolic representation of fallen soldiers in the battlefield.

From Monday 28th October until Tuesday 12th November, the striking ‘field of puttees’ will be displayed inside Salisbury Guildhall. All are welcome to visit the installation and commemorate those who lost their lives in the field of battle.

More information on Remembrance Sunday in Salisbury

If you are holding a service this year, we would love to know about it - and don't forget you can include us in your posts by using the hashtag '#dosalremembrance'.

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