Luton once again supported 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 took place on Sunday from 10.57am at the war memorial outside the Town Hall.
A number of organisations paraded from Park Street West to the war memorial where two minutes silence was observed at 11am.
The silence started and ended by the sounding of the ‘Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’ by Alan Norman from the Salvation Army.
This was 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, then announced 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 laid the first wreaths followed by representatives of local ex-service and uniformed organisations in memory of those who lost their lives.
A prayer was 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 was recited by Rabbi Schwei from Luton Synagogue and the Benediction was read by Rev Mackenzie. At the end of the service the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, the Mayor and civic party processed around the war memorial to carry out the march past.
Today 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.