Pay tribute to heroes of the Armed Forces at Remembrance service
The Mayor Cllr Diane Taylor will lead the tributes at the War Memorial outside the Civic Offices, Basingstoke, on both days at 11am.
Whilst last year was the centenary of the signing of the Armistice, which ended the fighting, this year the ceremonies will recognise the Treaty of Versailles, which was signed on June 28 1919 and formally ended the First World War.
Members of the public are advised to arrive by 10.30am in time for the Remembrance Sunday Parade which proceeds from the bandstand in War Memorial Park to the War Memorial.
Following the arrival of the Mayor’s party and fellow dignitaries, the Remembrance Sunday service will be taken by the Mayor’s chaplain, her consort Dr Andy Taylor.
It will feature prayers and music performed by Basingstoke Male Voice Choir, the Salvation Army Band and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Corps of Drums. The Bishop of Basingstoke, the Rt Rev David Williams will give the address.
The Last Post and Exhortation will be followed by two minutes’ silence at 11am and a flypast by RAF Odiham.
The Mayor will lead the wreath-laying, on behalf of the borough, followed by civic heads and representatives from the Armed Forces, police, fire service, cadets, scouts and other local associations, schools and organisations.
There will be a space on the grass outside the Goldings building, near the War Memorial, where people can place their own poppy crosses in remembrance of relatives or friends. These will be available on the day.
Following the service, the Mayor and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Tom Floyd Esq will take the salute from the parade, which will then march through the Top of the Town to the end of London Street. For the safety of the parade and attendees, a temporary road closure will be put in place outside the Civic Offices during the morning.
The Mayor will also lay a wreath at a short service on Armistice Day, Monday 11 November, at 11am at the War Memorial, Basingstoke. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
The Mayor said: “I am looking forward to welcoming everyone to this year’s Remembrance Day service in Basingstoke.
“It will be wonderful to see the borough’s residents, including young people, remembering those local servicemen and others who fought and paid the ultimate sacrifice by losing their lives in the First and Second World Wars and in more recent conflicts.
“I hope that everyone will show their support for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal by buying a poppy and wearing it with pride.”
If your association is interested in participating either in the parade or laying a wreath, please email MayoralCoordinator@basingstoke.gov.uk
For more information about Remembrance events, visit https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/remembrance-sunday-service