Remembering fallen heroes

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Luton Borough Council will once again be supporting the Royal British Legion’s Service of Remembrance, to honour people who have given their lives in past and present conflicts.

The Service of Remembrance will take place on Sunday 8 November from 10.57am at the war memorial outside the Town Hall.

A number of organisations will parade from Park Street West to the war memorial where two minutes silence will be observed at 11am.

The silence will start and end by the sounding of the ‘Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’ by Alan Norman from the Salvation Army.

This will be followed by an exhortation and the recital of the Kohima Epitaph by Ted Read, Chairman of the Luton Branch, Royal British Legion. Rev Janet Mackenzie, Area Dean, will then announce the hymn – “O God, Our Help in Ages Past.”

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Col. Colin Osborne OBE and the Mayor of Luton, Cllr Dave Taylor will lay the first wreaths followed by representatives of local ex-service and uniformed organisations.

A prayer will be read by Imam Hafiz Ejaz Ahmed, from Luton Central Mosque followed by prayers of intercession read by Pastor Lloyd Denny, from the Restoration Revival Fellowship. The memorial prayer will be recited by Rabbi Schwei from Luton Synagogue and the Benediction will be read by Reverend Janet Mackenzie, Area Dean, St Augustine’s Church.

On Wednesday 11 November there will be a smaller ceremony outside the war memorial from 10:58am including a bugler sounding ‘The Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’ followed by laying of wreaths. Once again two minutes silence will be observed at 11am.