Two Thousand Altonians Gathered For Remembrance Day Services - The Directory Group

Two thousand Altonians gathered for Remembrance Day Services

Alton’s Remembrance Day Parade

Over two thousand Altonians gathered to remember those who gave their lives in the service of their country on Sunday 11th November, marking the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I.

Residents and visitors packed the High Street, coming together to pay their respects during the morning ceremony and service, led by Reverend Andrew Micklefield, at the Cairn War Memorial outside the Assembly Rooms.

The day’s proceedings began with a parade from the Market Square of uniformed youth groups and other organisations to the Cairn War Memorial. A two-minute silence was held at 11.00am and 12 white doves released at the end of the ceremony as a symbolic act of peace.

Alton resumed its commemoration in the evening by taking part in “Battle’s Over” the nation’s tribute coordinated by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I.

At 6.00pm St Lawrence Church pews were full to capacity with local parishioners where they gathered for a special Armistice Day Service led by Reverend Andrew Micklefield and the Parish of the Resurrection.

With the Church Service and Readings concluding at 6.30pm everyone gathered together in the churchyard as the names of all 224 local residents who fell in battle during the war were read out by the Reverend Andrew Micklefield, Alison Crow and Peter Johnson.

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