Remembrance Sunday, the second Sunday in November, is the day traditionally put aside to remember all those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. On this day people across the nation pause to reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave Service men and women.
Cheltenham’s Remembrance Service and March Past to honour the sacrifice of armed services in war is 11am, Sunday 9 November.
The war memorial in Cheltenham’s Long Gardens will once again be the centrepiece for the town’s service of remembrance and civic parade. A lone trumpeter will play ‘The last post’ before two minutes of silence at 11am. After the Reveille, the service continues with prayers, hymns and the national anthem, played by Gloucestershire Police Band.
The mayor will lay the first wreath at the war memorial followed by other civic dignitaries, including borough and county councillors, and representatives from local organisations. After the wreaths have been laid, the civic party will watch from the steps of the Municipal Offices as Cheltenham Silver Band leads the march past.
Taking part will be the Cheltenham branch of the Royal British Legion; Cheltenham Royal Naval Association; Rifles Gloucester; Joint Services Support Unit; 2624 Sqn Royal Aux (RF Brize) and Old Comrades. Also attending will be detachments from the naval, army and RAF cadets, and patrols from local scouts.
In the evening, the mayor will attend the Festival of Remembrance, which is organised by the Royal British Legion and held at the town hall.
At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the Two Minute Silence is observed on Armistice Day, the day which marks the end of the First World War.
The council is again supporting The Royal British Legion in encouraging businesses, shops, offices and individuals to pause to remember at 11am. During a short service conducted by Rev Tim Mayfield, the mayor, Cllr Simon Wheeler, will observe a two minute silence at the war memorial. Children from Dunalley primary school will be attending to join in this act of remembrance.
Cllr Simon Wheeler said that as first citizen he counted it a privilege to be able to lead the town in this act of remembrance and would like to invite all members of the community to join him at both of the services.
For event enquiries contact: Jennie Ingram, personal assistant to the mayor, telephone 01242 264108, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Royal British Legion has produced a video, which includes the two minute silence and the Last Post, for use in schools and workplaces when observing the silence.