Town Remembers War Sacrifice
Published:13 Nov 2012
On a bright and clear sunny afternoon, a large crowd gathered in the High Street to the mark 94 years since the end of the First World War.
They came to honour the bravery and sacrifice of those who gave their lives in that terrible conflict and all the wars since to this very day.
The church of St Mary the Virgin was packed for a short and moving civic ceremony, attended by representatives of the Armed Forces, Uniformed Services, Royal British Legion and youth groups, including the Scouts, Guides, Army Sea and Air Cadets.
Church leaders from around the town took part in the service and the Reverend Derrick Peel delivered a short and moving talk about sacrifice. He talked with knowledge about a number of First World War battles and how the number of British troops killed in a single day on the Somme was more than the entire population of Ware.
The playing of the Last Post led to a minute of silent reflection, shortly after which the service was brought to a close.
A considerable crowd had gathered outside the church at the War Memorial and bore witness in dignified silence to the laying of wreaths by Ware’s Town Mayor; Phyllis Ballam, on behalf of the townspeople.
Wreaths were also laid by representatives of the Royal British Legion and all the varied organisations taking part in the service. This was followed by wreath laying by individuals commemorating personal and family losses in war and conflict.
After the wreath laying the Uniformed Groups formed up and marched back to Kibes Lane, where they had started from earlier in the day.
Earlier in a day at 11.00, a large crowd were joined by the congregation from St Marys in a short service and less formal act of rememberance.
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