Around 500 people gathered this morning at the War Memorial in Devonport Park for our annual Act of Remembrance
There were a number of groups on parade, from HMS Vivid to the Scouts and cadets
The Morice Town Salvation Army band accompanied the traditional hymns, assisted by the local community choir. As part of the service, Revd Tim read various scriptures, and also this poem:
Solomon in all his glory
Still I see them coming, coming,
In their ragged broken line,
Walking wounded in the sunlight,
Clothed in majesty divine.
For the fairest of the lilies,
That God’s summer ever sees,
Ne’er was clothed in royal beauty
Such as decks the least of these.
Tattered, torn, and bloody khaki,
Gleams of white flesh in the sun,
Raiment worthy of their beauty,
And the great things they have done.
Purple robes and snowy linen
Have for earthly kings sufficed,
But these bloody sweaty tatters
Were the robes of Jesus Christ.
By Geoffrey Anketell Studdart Kennedy aka “Woodbine Willie”
Many wreaths were laid, and following the service, as has become our local custom, individuals added their own tributes by laying their poppy, or a cross, in a personal act of remembrance.
Next year will, of course, be the centenary of the Armistice, on Sunday November 11th, 2018.