Remembrance Sunday, which fell this year on 13 November in 2016, is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have lost their lives in service to secure and protect our freedom.
A Service of Remembrance was held at The Cenotaph in Warsop on Remembrance Sunday, and ensured that no-one was forgotten as the community united to honour all who have suffered or died in war and conflict.
On behalf of the Inner Wheel Club of Warsop President Gloria Humphrey was present to pay tribute alongside Tim Bower from Warsop Rotary. Inner Wheel Member and Royal British Legion Branch Committee Member Elaine Hopkins was also in attendance ensuring the smooth running of the service.
Representatives of the Armed Forces and their affiliated cadets, Blue Light and Emergency Services, youth groups and faith groups were also present. A fantastic crowd followed the parade as it marched through the town to the cenotaph where people stood and watched the service.
Following a Sunday church service by the Rev’d Angela Fletcher and the Rev’d Jennie Sharpe at St Peter and St Paul’s church, many of the congregation attended the Remembrance Service. A hymn ‘O valiant hearts, who to glory came’ was sung, followed by a reading from Micah 4:1 – 5 by Mrs Nicky Weston, Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire.
Following a two minute silence at 11:00, veteran of the Burma Campaign George Humphrey, father in law to President Gloria was asked to say to the assembled crowd:
‘When you go home,tell them of us and say.
For tomorrow we gave our today’.
The Warsop, Meden Vale and District Branch of the Royal British Legion Branch Chairman Cliff Merridith read a verse from a Poem for the fallen and later read the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. See poem and video below.
Soldier Boy was present as he is every year and again happy to pose for the camera. Members of the Warsop, Meden Vale and District Branch of the Royal British Legion were also happy to pose; although it has to be said, that Soldier Boy took direction and was marginally better behaved.
‘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.’
by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943) Read on the day by Cliff Merridith.
During the First World War (1914–1918) much of the fighting took place in Western Europe. Previously beautiful countryside was blasted, bombed and fought over, again and again. The landscape swiftly turned to fields of mud: bleak and barren scenes where little or nothing could grow.
Bright red Flanders poppies (Papaver rhoeas) however, were delicate but resilient flowers and grew in their thousands, flourishing even in the middle of chaos and destruction. In early May 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lt Col John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies to write a now famous poem called ‘In Flanders Fields‘.
In Flanders’ fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders’ fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high,
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders’ Fields.