“They shall not grow 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 shall remember them.”
It was encouraging to see so many of our churches marking Remembrance Sunday in many dignified, creative and thoughtful ways. Here are a few images from the day…
St Mary’s Andover
Many people gather in Andover town centre on Remembrance Sunday to watch the annual military parade, this year led by Wiltshire Caledonian Pipes and Drums, as it marches up to St Mary’s Church. The parade included veterans and serving personnel, along with Army and Air Cadets, Scouts and Guides. A service was then held in the Garden of Remembrance at St Mary’s, led by Revd Chris Bradish, which included the laying of wreaths at the war memorial by civic leaders and school children.
The Hospital of St Cross & Almshouse of Noble Poverty
A wall of tumbling poppies donated by the Royal British Legion were on display in the Memorial Chapel at The Hospital of St Cross & Almshouse of Noble Poverty, along with a beautiful quilted soldier in the poppy field created by Sue Butcher.
Remembrance at Winchester Cathedral was particularly special this year as they hosted the buglers from the Bands of His Majesty’s Royal Marines who performed Last Post, whilst enveloped within the ‘Poppy Fields’ light exhibition created by Luxmuralis projected on to the ancient walls of Winchester Cathedral.
St Mary’s Church Copythorne
St Mary’s Church Copythorne held a Remembrance Sunday service outside at their local War Memorial. This service provided an opportunity for all the generations to gather in this solemn and mportant act of remembrance.
The Parish Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Milton
There were some particularly beautiful flower arrangements at the Parish Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Milton, using the traditional red poppy in a simple poignant way.
St. John the Baptist, North Baddesley
Many gathered for the Remembrance Services in the Church of Ampfield, Chilworth and North Baddesley on Sunday, including a number of uniformed Service Men and Women, reminding us that Remembrance is an ongoing act as we pray for those currently in the armed forces and those affected by war.
St Paul’s Church, Tadley
St Paul’s Church, Tadley, hosted an act of remembrance at the memorial and also one at Tadley School, using crosses to represent Tadley soldiers who didn’t return from war.