Parton’s Service of Remembrance was held on Sunday 10th November 10.45 am at the War Memorial in Parton.
A word from Councillor Robert Huck – Chairman Parton Parish Council
“So pleased and humbled to see so many brave former service personnel and their friends and relatives, along with so many of our residents, from the communities of Parton and Moresby, attending the War Memorial this morning. They came to honour and respect the ultimate sacrifice made by fifty two young men from our villages, who gave up their lives, in both world wars, to protect our freedom and way of life.
A special thanks to Stacy Brewer for her heartfelt and emotional reading of On Flanders Fields. Also, many thanks to Jeremy Clarkson for his beautiful rendition of the Last Post.
Events like this must always recognised and acknowledged, as it was today, from our fantastic and remarkable community. We must also thank Ces, our most elderly soldier in Parton, for attending the service yet again, to honour his fellow soldiers. So brave.
You will be aware that the traditional Monday May Day Bank Holiday has been moved to Friday 8th May 2020, in order to celebrate and acknowledge “Victory in Europe Day”, or VE Day, which was the end of the Second World War, after a horrendous six years of conflict, and the deaths of over sixty million people!
We will be respecting, acknowledging and commemorating this very special day with a service at the War Memorial, with a get together and afternoon tea in the village hall, with nostalgic music and film footage of those times. Our Senior Citizens will be especially welcome. Residents will be encouraged to enter into the theme of the day by dressing up in costumes appropriate to that time.
We welcome any help, support and positive contributions to that special day, from our residents.
“When you go home, tell them of us, and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today
Lest we forget
Every year, the Royal British Legion calls on the nation to unite in commemorating Remembrance Sunday.
On Remembrance Sunday 10 November 2019, the National Service of Remembrance was held at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London.
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders’ fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders’ fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high,
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders’ Fields.
By Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote his now famous poem after seeing poppies growing in battle-scarred fields.
The poppy is a symbol of Remembrance and hope, including hope for a positive future and peaceful world.
They are a show of support for the Armed Forces community, those currently serving, ex-serving personnel and their families; and a symbol of Remembrance for all those who have fallen in conflict.
11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month
On the 11.11.19 Starting at 11am, the service honoured the service and sacrifice of our Armed Forces community, the British and Commonwealth veterans, the Allies that fought alongside us and the civilian servicemen and women involved in the two World Wars and later conflicts.
The Ode of Remembrance
The Ode of Remembrance is taken from Laurence Binyon’s poem, For the Fallen. It was first published in The Times in September 1914, and was specifically composed in honour of the casualties of the British Expeditionary Force
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn;
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them.The Ode of Remembrance – Laurence Binyon
Every year the nation unites to make sure that no-one is forgotten and to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.
Each year, up to 10,000 veterans participate in the March Past the Cenotaph in London
Places to take part in the March Past on Remembrance Sunday 2019 was allocated through associations.
The number of people who can take part in the March Past is limited to 10,000 people due to capacity and the amount of time participants can reasonably be expected to stand. Places on the march were prioritised for people who are directly affected by service with the Armed Forces:
- Military and civilian men and women from the UK and the Commonwealth that served the Crown on Military Operations
- Bereaved Spouses and bereaved first-generation descendants of the above