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