War Memorial service to pay tribute to fallen
THIS Sunday’s Remembrance commemorations will be particularly special as it marks 100 years since the guns fell silent in the Great War.
Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday fall together this year, on November 11 when commemorations will be held at war memorials throughout Coventry and Warwickshire.
Ahead of the memorial events, Coventry’s Lord Mayor John Blundell said: “2018 is an especially important year when it comes to remembering the fallen, as it marks 100 years since the end of the First World War.
“I invite members of the public to come along to pay their respects and remember all those who have lost their lives in wars and armed conflicts.”
The Cenotaph in War Memorial Park will be the focus for remembrance events in the city.
The park was opened in 1921 to honour the fallen of the Great War, and this year the public are again invited to take part in Remembrance.
The service starts at 10.50am, featuring a parade, hymns, readings and laying wreaths to pay respects, with the service being led by The Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth, the Lord Bishop of Coventry.
The parade, being led by the Coventry Corps of Drum, will leave Spencer Road at 10.30am.
Music will also be played by City of Coventry Brass Band during the service.
St John the Baptist Church:
The church on Fleet Street is open everyday through November to say prayers for peace.
It will be a chance to see a copy of the Black Prince prayer, the Stations of the Cross (commissioned from a firm in Bavaria after WWII) and the War Memorial Window.
There will be a flower Peace Trail, a Deadman’s penny in flowers, exhibitions and a poppy sculpture suspended from the pulpit, which an eight foot structure full of poppies dedicated to the men of the War Window.
On Saturday November 10 and Sunday November 11 St John the Baptist opens til 4pm for World War I Memorial Day on Saturday and Remembrance Day on the Sunday.
Both days have recitals, dramatic readings, prayers, music on the restored Bechstein piano and an exhibition.
Father Dexter Bracey will be conducting a special service on the Saturday which will include a roll call of the men listed in thewindow at 1pm with poetry readings before and after.
The Sunday November 11, the Remembrance Day Service starts at 10am, and is scheduled to end at 11am to the strains of the Last Post.
There will be another service at 6pm.
Fr Bracey said: “It is important to remember all those who paid the ultimate price of the First World War, and to honour them, particularly those from this city and our parish which includes some of the city centre, Spon St, Spon End and the Albany Road end of Earlsdon.”
St Nicholas Church will hold a family praise remembrance service at 10am, then gather at the War Memorial on Abbey Hill, Kenilworth, on Sunday at 10.45am.
A number of wreaths will be laid by representatives of organisations in the town, led by the Mayor and MP.
St Nicolas will also host a vigil for peace at 4pm on Sunday.
On Saturday evening there will be a special screening of ‘Journey’s End,’ a play set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918 charting the story of a group of British soldiers.
A poppy drop will take place in the skies over Bedworth to mark Remembrance Sunday for the first time ever. Traditionally there is a poppy drop on Armistice Day, organised by the Bedworth Armistice Day Committee (BADC).
But when the 11th falls on a Sunday the BADC defers to the Royal British Legion, who organise the Remembrance Sunday parades.
However, as this year marks the centenary of the end World War One, the Royal British Legion and BADC have joined forces and the BADC will organise the poppy drop this Sunday.
The parade will form up at the Ex Servicemen’s Club in Rye Piece at 10.35am, ready to march off.
It will then leave the club, head onto Rye Piece towards the Coventry Road Cemetery.
The service will take place with hymn, Dedication for Book of Remembrance and prayers.
At 10.59am the Last Post will be played, followed by two minute silence and then the reveille, wreath laying, poem and hymn.
The parade will then form up and march to All Saints Church for a short service, then marches down High Street, wheels right into King Street,