Remembrance Day 2014 services in Hertfordshire
PUBLISHED: 07:37 08 November 2014
Services will take place across Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Potters Bar and surrounding Hertfordshire villages on Sunday to mark Remembrance Day.
In ceremonies given added poignancy by the centenary of World War One and the departure of British troops from Afghanistan, people from all walks of life will mark Remembrance Sunday.
* Welwyn Garden City
The mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, councillor Les Page, will attend the main Welwyn Garden City service at the Howardsgate war memorial from 10.50am, featuring a parade from College Way to the town centre.
Councillor Page said: “I am proud to be attending the Remembrance Sunday Service this year as mayor, and to pay my respects alongside the community.
“It is important that we take time to remember all those in the Armed Forces who serve at home and abroad and to show our support for them all on this special day.
“Please do get your poppy and wear it with pride.
“This powerful symbol helps us to remember those who gave and are yet to give their lives so that we can have the freedoms we enjoy today.”
* People from the east side of Welwyn Garden City may choose to pay tribute to the fallen at the Hatfield Hyde war memorial, which pre-dates construction of the town.
The Hatfield Hyde service will start at 10.50am, and be attended by former mayor councillor Carl Storer.
In Hatfield’s Memorial Gardens, Great North Road, a wreath-laying ceremony will start five minutes earlier, followed by a service in St Etheldreda’s Church.
An act of remembrance at the Welwyn war memorial will start at 10.50am, and will also be followed by a church service.
Villagers will remember their debt to the Armed Forces at the Old Knebworth war memorial from 12.30pm, with replica 1914 St John’s Gospels handed out to participants.
At St Mary’s Church, in Knebworth Park, the solemn occasion will be also marked in period style at 4pm, with a very traditional book of Common Prayer service.
* Potters Bar
In Potters Bar, the deputy mayor of Hertsmere will join a parade starting from St Mary’s Church in The Walk at 10.40am to the war memorial in the High Street.
Although the Royal British Legion’s official day of commemoration will be Sunday, a separate ceremony in Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, at 11am on Tuesday will mark the anniversary of the World War One armistice.
* Codicote / Lemsford
Villagers in Codicote and Lemsford can pay tribute to the fallen with ceremonies starting at their church war memorials, closely followed by traditional services.
Carole Payne, choir leader at St John’s Church, Lemsford, said: “It is important to look back with thankfulness, but also to look forward with hope, and pray for peace in the world.”
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