Bracknell remembers the fallenBy Laura Herbert
November 15, 2012
Silence fell across Bracknell on Sunday as hundreds of people paid their respects to mark Remembrance Day.
In the town centre, wreaths were laid on the war memorial in Stanley Walk as a bugler played The Last Post to signal the start of a two-minute silence at 11am.
Bracknell Forest borough mayor Councillor Jennie McCracken and Bracknell town mayor Cllr Shelagh Pile were among those who laid poppy wreaths to remember members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty.
Cllr McCracken said: “It is very personal to me as my father served.
“We must honour all the people who have served and the British Legion, who are doing a wonderful job.
“It is lovely to have so many children here and we must never forget the world wars and the people who are at war now. It is good for the children to always remember what happened during the wars and after.
“We must always keep this going, we must never stop remembering.”
Gordon Stevens, president of Bracknell Royal British Legion (RBL), read aloud an extract from the war poem ‘For the Fallen’ as families gathered to pay their respects.
The wreath-laying ceremony was followed by a parade led by Reading Pipe Band and Bracknell RBL to Holy Trinity Church for a Remembrance Service.
Ex-servicemen and women, members of the emergency services and organisations including St John Ambulance, Bracknell Nepalese Association, Scouts, Brownies and Bracknell RAF, all laid wreaths as the memorial.
In Sandhurst, more than 1,500 people including the town’s MP Dr Phillip Lee paid their respects as Sandhurst Silver Band, St Michael’s Church Choir and Sandhurst Corps of Drums accompanied a Civic Service of Remembrance at the Memorial Park, in Yorktown Road.
Dr Lee said: “It was a great privilege to lay wreaths on behalf of my constituents to commemorate those British service personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in every conflict since 1918.
“Sadly, lives continue to be lost in the defence of Britain and its values. Hence, we all must never fail to remember those who serve in our Armed Forces.”