Liverpool marks Armistice Day

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Armistice Day commemorations in Liverpool. Pic by Emma White © JMU Journalism

Armistice Day commemorations in Liverpool. Pic by Emma White © JMU Journalism

Hundreds of people came to pay their respects today at this year’s annual wreath laying ceremonies to remember those who fought and lost their lives during armed conflicts, including the First and Second World Wars.

People of all ages across Merseyside fell silent at 11am to commemorate Armistice Day, including those at the Liverpool Cenotaph as well as a special dedication at Exchange Flags in town.

Representatives of Her Majesty the Queen, the Liverpool Business District, the Armed Forces and the Liverpool Pals Memorial Fund, each lay a wreath in honour of those who gave their today for our tomorrow.

The ceremony began with Reverend Bill Addy making a speech, after which the ‘Last Post’ bugle call was played and two minutes’ silence started as the last note faded.

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Proceedings concluded with a cannon explosion of poppy petals, where for a moment all those gathered could see was the colour red, before they peacefully swept to the ground to represent the fallen soldiers.

Armistice Day commemorations in Liverpool. Pic by Emma White © JMU Journalism

Armistice Day commemorations in Liverpool. Pic by Emma White © JMU Journalism

The event was held by the International Cotton Association. It works closely with organisations to make sure the service is a fitting tribute to all those that bravely fought and still continue to fight for their country.

Managing Director, Kai Hughes, said: “In recent years our remembrance service has become an event where anyone can come to remember all those who have died in defence of liberty and justice during any conflict.

“The service is now a stalwart of Liverpool’s remembrance calendar and it is truly humbling to welcome so many people to pay their respects with us each year. The ICA is especially proud to keep close ties with the Liverpool Pals Memorial Fund. The association has supported their cause in any way it can.”

Thousands are expected to attend a larger number of services locally on Remembrance Sunday this weekend, with the focal point being the traditional parade at St George’s Plateau.

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