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Horsham Remembrance Sunday Service 2018

Horsham’s Carfax saw thousands flock to the War Memorial to pay their respects at this year’s Remembrance Sunday Service on Sunday 11 November. The service also commemorated 100 years since the end of the First World War.

The Remembrance Parade arrived at the War Memorial at 10.50am.

Led by The Rev David Bouskill, the service began with the hymn ‘O God Our Help in Ages Past’.

This was followed by The Last Post.

The vicar then led The Exhortation:

‘They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.’

The two minutes silence, in memory of the fallen, was then held at 11am.

The Chairman of Horsham District Council, Cllr Peter Burgess, led the wreath laying on behalf of the people of the Horsham District.

He was followed by Mr Nigel Caplin, Chairman of the Royal British Legion Horsham Branch, Jeremy Quin MP laid the third wreath, and the fourth wreath was laid by West Sussex County Council’s Cllr Morwen Millson.

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

When the last wreath was laid, the Parade Marshall called the Parade to attention and one verse of the National Anthem was sung.

A blessing and Thanksgiving Prayer marked the end of the service at the War Memorial.

A church service then followed at the Parish Church of St. Mary The Virgin in the Causeway, Horsham to which everyone was invited.

Working with the Church and Horsham District Council, the Royal British Legion was the main local organiser of Horsham’s Remembrance Sunday Service.

The service was originally conceived as a commemoration of the war dead of the First World War, but, after the Second World War, the scope of the ceremony was extended to focus on the nation’s dead of both World Wars, and in 1980 it was widened once again to extend the remembrance to all who have suffered and died in conflict in the service of their country, and all those who mourn them.

A number of Remembrance Sunday services took place throughout the Horsham District on this day.

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