Remembrance ceremony to mark WWI

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Remembrance Day in Liverpool. Pic © JMU Journalism

Remembrance Day in Liverpool. Pic © JMU Journalism

The city’s annual Remembrance Service will take place on Sunday and this year’s commemorations have special significance as it marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.

A two-minute silence, and prayers will take place outside of St. George’s Plateau where St. Edward’s School choir will accompany local singer, Danielle Thomas and The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment in leading the congregation.

The service will also be displayed on a large TV screen situated at the North End of St George’s Hall, which will allow everyone attending to see the ceremony and feel a part of the proceedings.

Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Erica Kemp, said: “Liverpool’s annual Remembrance Service is an opportunity for the city to join together and show our appreciation and respect for the men and women from our armed forces, past and present. Never forget the sacrifices made by others during times of conflict for the freedoms we often take for granted today.”

This year’s Remembrance ceremony has been part of a number of events taking place all over Liverpool. This July saw giant marionettes walk through the city telling the story of WWI.

This year’s Sefton Park and Newsham Park Bonfire Night fireworks displays theme is ‘Salute to the Services’ and will synchronise fireworks to inspiring music related to the services. Around 40,000 people enjoyed the fireworks across both parks last year and it is hoped that even more locals will turn out in their droves on Wednesday to honour the servicemen and women that have fallen in battle.

Liverpool’s Assistant Mayor, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “It’s wonderful that this event can be part of the city’s World War One commemorations and I’m sure the soundtrack will add an emotional element to the evening.”

Additional reporting by Georgie Whitworth


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