Liverpool stood silent on Remembrance Sunday to honour those who have died for their country in war.

 

Hundreds of ex-servicemen and women

joined a number of dignitaries and members

of the public to lay wreaths at the foot of the

city’s cenotaph outside St George's Hall.

 

A solitary cannon was fired to mark the beginning of two minutes' silence, as a congregation of all ages remembered those who have fallen in conflict during a diginifed and emotional ceremony.

 

The big screen opposite Lime Street station provided a poignant backdrop to the occasion, displaying the names of the 20 Merseyside men and women who have lost their lives fighting for UK forces in the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.

 

The ceremony was opened by Free Church Minister Reverend Howard

Sharp, who honoured those who have lost their lives in conflicts since

World War I.

 

Rev. Sharp said: “Today we remember the 342 who have lost their lives

in Afghanistan. We remember those who believe that good is stronger

than evil.”

 

The Last Post was then played, after which representatives from a

number of faiths each gave a short prayer of remembrance and peace

as two RAF fighter jets flew overhead.

 

Bill Young of Childwall spent 26 years in the Territorial Army and spoke

of the importance of Remembrance Sunday. He said: “I’ve never fought

a war but I don’t think you need to, to appreciate the people here today

and those who have died in conflict.

 

“I march every year and for a long time the numbers at these events

went down. I think with the war in Afghanistan has changed that,

people appreciate what the young lads are doing. It’s a very special and very important occasion.”

 

The service concluded a week of Armistice commemoration in Liverpool, following ceremonies at Lime Street station, St John’s Gardens and both the Anglican and Metropolitan cathedrals.

 

 

 

Remembrance Sunday tribute to the fallen

By Jonathan Birchall, Beth Hockey, Vegard Grott, Adam Hicks & Jill Foster

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