Remembrance Sunday

Thank you to everyone that attended the services at the Memorial Gates or in the Parish Church yesterday and who lined the route of the procession.

At the dismissal of the parade the Mayor Councillor Sandy Best said   

"This is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.

Standing at the Memorial Gates earlier, in such large numbers, demonstrated the solemn remembrance and respect of the town of Oswestry to those who served, and who gave their lives in the service of their country in conflicts around the world and throughout the years.

The numbers on our parade, at the Memorial Gates, and within the Parish Church increase every year. Without doubt this has been the largest Remembrance gathering in Oswestry in recent years. This proudly demonstrates the community spirit in our town, and the willingness of so many to belong to organisations and give service above self.

This year we marked the 100th year since the end of the Great War. As residents and visitors to Oswestry alike we also proudly looked through the Memorial Gates at our statue of the famous son of Oswestry, the war poet Wilfred Owen. The 4 November was the centenary of his death, exactly one week before the signing of the Armistice that ended the war .

 

I would like to thank the Reverend Harvey Gibbons, the assisting Clergy, Churchwardens, Organist and Choir for their part in this Oswestry Service of Remembrance. Also, to Porthywaen Silver Band for their stirring and reflective music both during the Parade and in Church.

Every year it is heartening to see so many young people from our various organisations taking part in the service of remembrance; you all look splendid and are a credit to your organisation. You are very much the future of remembrance in this town, and this country. My thanks also to the Police and stewards today for ensuring our safety and to the Parade Marshals, for keeping us in order and on time.

Finally, to all the Ex-Servicemen and Women - the custodians of remembrance through the Royal British Legion - I offer my heartfelt thanks for your support and your service to our country."

Monday 12 November 2018

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