Moving Remembrance ceremony in Plymouth a tribute to fallen
FALLEN heroes were remembered by veterans, serving members of the Armed Services, children, a famous choir and hundreds of members of the public at a moving ceremony.
The annual Remembrance Festival, held last night at the Plymouth Pavilions, commemorated and honoured all those who have lost their lives in conflicts.
Her Majesty's Royal Marines Band were joined by The Military Wives Choir, HMS Heroes, made up of the singing children of services personnel, the City of Plymouth Pipe Band and local cadet units for an emotional evening of remembrance.
Kicking off the evening were the Royal Marines and the Royal Navy, who marched in to rousing songs. They were followed by members of the British Army and the Royal Air Force. The applause continued as members of the Defence Medical Services took to the stage, some sporting poppies in their hats, as they walked past an array of wreaths positioned on the stage.
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The audience took to their feet as war widows made their entrance, closely followed by the ceremonial carrying of the Union Flag.
Tears were wiped away as The Military Wives and HMS Heroes performed 'Sing', written especially for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, while people whistled and cheered throughout. The lit-up cross at the back of the stage provided a fitting backdrop as the City of Plymouth Pipe Band marched through the crowd, before stopping in front of the stage in their green tartan kilts to perform a number of musical pieces.
The festival was organised by the Federation of Plymouth & District Ex-Services Association. Chairman Basil Downing-Waite said: "The festival gives the people of Plymouth and the surrounding areas the opportunity to acknowledge the sacrifices made by members of their forces in the past to give us our freedom. It also acknowledges the sacrifices currently being made by our forces, placing themselves in the face of danger on our behalf to ensure freedom and make the world a safer place for us all."
Speaking after his performance, Brian Hatherell, a drummer with the City of Plymouth Pipe Band, said it was always an honour to perform at such events.
An ex-serviceman himself, he said: "It is important that people remember what happened in the past and what is happening in the present. "I hope this event continues for many more years to come. We should never forget."
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