Lest we forget

Merseyside / November 06

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner will join Liverpool’s Lord Mayor and hundreds of people to remember the fallen this Remembrance Sunday.

Jane Kennedy is attending the Annual Service of Remembrance at St George's Hall this Sunday (10th November) for what will be one of the largest events of its kind in the country.

The Commissioner will join Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Anna Rothery, Merseyside Police’s Chief Constable Andy Cooke, veterans, serving members of the armed forces, families of the fallen from recent conflicts, representatives from the Merseyside Royal British Legion, and other civic dignitaries at The Cenotaph on St George’s Plateau.

Jane said: “Remembrance Day is a time for us all to reflect on the past and to remember and honour the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy our liberty and freedom today.

“As I have for many years, I will be honoured to join the Lord Mayor, the Chief Constable and the people of Liverpool in marking this significant day. I would encourage people from across Merseyside to join us in paying their respect and appreciation for those who served their country and those who continue to serve today by attending a ceremony or wearing a poppy.”

Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Anna Rothery, said“Liverpool has a long and proud history of paying tribute to those who have served to protect and uphold the freedom we hold so dear today. Many people from this city gave everything for the struggle against tyranny in two world wars and the many conflicts that have followed since. We must also remember that many are still doing their duty today and continue to serve their country across the world. 

“There are many significant aspects to this year’s celebration and one, in particular, is the changing role of women in our armed forces. This is the first year that women have been able to sign up to serve in all branches of the armed forces, including the front line and it is in recognition of this that we will hear so many incredible female voices during our service. 

“Ultimately we must make sure that the sacrifices made by those who serve are never forgotten and as we have seen in many previous years, Liverpool does its very best to honour them.”

This year’s ceremony will commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

The service will begin at 10.40am when The Band of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment will be joined by Liverpool’s-own Mezzo Soprano Danielle Louise Thomas. 

A highlight of this year’s event will be a reading of North West poet Jane Weir’s contemporary war poem Poppies. Manchester-born Jane will join the gathering at St George’s Plateau where she will read the poem that she dedicated to: “parents, their children and the bonds which hold them together”. Poppies is regularly studied as part of the English Literature GCSE syllabus as an example of a modern war poem. 

Bishop of Liverpool, The Right Rev Paul Bayes, will lead prayers of thanksgiving, whist The Archbishop of Liverpool, The Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon will give the Act of Dedication and the blessing.

Other contributions will come from Staff Sergeant Claire High of the Royal Army Medical Corps, who will give a ‘moment of reflection’ and Mr Hardev Singh Sohal who will offer a prayer in the Sikh tradition representing the Faith Leaders’ Group.

At 11am the traditional firing of the gun will signify the start of the two-minute silence, with another firing to mark its conclusion.

Following the two-minute silence, the traditional wreath-laying and service, the parade will then march from St George’s Plateau to salute the Cenotaph. Civic buildings, St John’s Beacon and Liverpool ONE will be lit up red in recognition of the event.

Bill Martin, Membership Support Officer for the Merseyside Royal British Legion said: “Let us join together and remember together the service and sacrifice, friendship and collaboration of the men and women of Britain, the Commonwealth and Allied nations who fought together and are currently serving in conflicts around the world.

“This year it is 75 years since allies from the Commonwealth and other nations fought shoulder to shoulder with Britain since the start of the Second World War. In 1944 this collaboration would result in victory in a number of critical battles; Monte Cassino, D-Day, Arnhem and Kohima and Imphal. “As it was then, and it is today, our commitment to all our service men and women past and present and their families remains steadfast.”