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Sunday, November 11, 2012
The Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk joined a heartfelt service beneath glorious sunshine to honour the fallen servicemen and women during Remembrance Day in Lowestoft.
Decorated veterans, civic dignitaries and thousands of people encircled the Royal Plain war memorial near the seafront to pay their respects to those who died in conflicts since the first world war.
The silence was held at 11am this morning when the standard bearers dipped their flags and a bugle sounded The Last Post to mark the period of quiet reflection.
The Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Lord Tollemache, laid the first wreath at the foot of the cenotaph followed by council leaders, Waveney MP Peter Aldous and representatives from the military and its organisations.
A parade brought the ceremony to a close when the 469 Lowestoft Squadron Air Training Corps Marching Band led a contingent of ex-serviceman, cadets, scouts, guides and members of the emergency services past Lord Tollemache who received the salute.
The mayor of Lowestoft Nick Webb told of his joy at being mayor of the town for the remembrance event. He said: “It is a fantastic turn out and the town should be proud of itself – it makes it a privilege to be the mayor. This day of remembrance helps to galvanise the public and the military service community.”
One ex-serviceman who attended the event was Robert Brown, of Lowestoft, who served with the Royal Marines in Borneo and Aden.
The 71-year-old, who laid a wreath on behalf of the Royal Anglian Regiment, said: “I think the whole event, and the turn out, has been fabulous. It is getting better and better each year. It is vital that we continue to have this service so the youngsters do not forget the lives that are lost.”
Speaking during the ceremony, the Rt Rev Alan Winton, the Bishop of Thetford, said the support for Remembrance Day had grown as a result of recent, and on-going conflicts, in Iraq and Afghanistan. “The poppy is a fragile flower,” he said. “It grew up in the battle field and speaks of hope and peace, which is also a fragile thing that is easily crushed.”
Meanwhile, hundreds of people were due to take part in a two-minute silence and a wreath-laying ceremony at the Beccles War Memorial today at St Mary’s Road.
Elsewhere in Southwold, a parade was due to take place at 10.30am today from the Market Place to the war memorial by St Edmund’s Church, before a service of remembrance took place inside.