Huge turn out as thousands remember fallen soldiers

By Benjamin Coren

Sunday, November 10, saw around 2,000 people turn up to Horsham Carfax for the Remembrance Sunday service.

Canon Guy Bridgewater, the vicar of Horsham led the short service followed by a two minute silence remembering the fallen.

A parade took place through the town centre made up of representatives from the armed services and organisations including the Royal British Legion, the Scouts, and the various local cadet branches.

Wreathes were laid at the Carfax war memorial by the Chairman of Horsham District Council, Councillor Brian O’Connell followed by Mr David Copestake, Chairman of the Royal British Legion Horsham Branch and Rt. Hon. Francis Maude MP.

Representatives of the armed services and youth organisations also laid their wreaths, each as a mark of solemn respect.

A church service followed at the Parish Church of St. Mary The Virgin in the Causeway, Horsham.

Cllr O’Connell also laid a wreath on Armistice Day on Tuesday, November 11, to remember the eleventh day of the eleventh hour of the eleventh month.

Cllr O’Connell said on Armistice Day: “After the Reveille today, I was struck by the eerie silence that made me think of what it must have been like on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month all those years ago when men who had been in trenches for months fighting across those fields, stopped and got out of those trenches and looked across those fields at the survivors on the other side.

Today, Armistice Day, we remember those who gave their lives so that we can live the free lifestyle that we enjoy today but we must also remember those that survived and carried the dreadful scars of war for the rest of their lives.”

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