Remembrance Day marked in Liverpool

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Remembrance Day outside St. George’s Hall in Liverpool. Photo: Ida Husøy

As the sun shone over the city, hundreds gathered at St George’s Hall and at services across Merseyside on Sunday to remember those who fought and died for our country.

The traditional Remembrance Day service was witnessed by a heart-warming array of men, women and children who all stood together to honour those who lost their lives in past and present conflicts.

This year also signifies the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War, which was acknowledged at the service at the Cenotaph opposite Lime Street Station.

The congregation gathered early on to hear the Band of The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment alongside singer Danielle Thomas, who performed throughout the proceedings.

The service was then led by the Archbishop of Liverpool, the Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, who urged those gathered to remember the victims of all conflicts, including Korea, Bosnia, Serbia, Iraq and Afghanistan, and many more.

He said: “Year by year, our remembering must be broader deeper and wiser, and our respect for the stillness and silence, more gracious, compassionate, grateful, and searching.”

Remembrance Day outside St. George’s Hall in Liverpool. Photo: Ida Husøy

A special mention was also given to the Life County President of the Royal British Legion and Honorary Citizen of the City of Liverpool, Colonel J. Graeme Bryson OBE, who died earlier this year, aged 99.

The congregation then fell silent at the firing of the gun at 11am. Afterwards, wreaths were laid followed by prayers of thanksgiving and re-dedication given by the Chair of the Liverpool District of the Methodist Church, Reverend James Booth.

‘O God Our Help in Ages Past’ was sung by the crowd, followed by readings from representatives of the Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faiths.

The Lord Bishop of Liverpool, The Right Reverend James Jones led the congregation in the Lord’s Prayer.

The service ended with the National Anthem, after which the parade, including current and ex servicemen, marched from St George’s Hall Plateau to salute the Cenotaph.

Remembrance Day 2012 in Liverpool. Photos: Ida Husøy

 

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