Remembance Sunday - 8th November 2015

Ken Porter

Unlike the majority of remembrance services held around the country at the various War Memorials at 11am, Laindon remembers its fallen at 3pm, the reason for this is historical.

This years’ service was officiated by Reverend Andrei Petrine, vicar of St Nicholas Church. Dudley Naslund member of the British Legion read out the ‘Ode of Remembrance’ which is taken from Laurence Binyon’s poem “For the Fallen” which was first published in the Times in September 1914:

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them

The Last Post was played, then a two minute Silence followed by The Reveille.

Wreaths were then laid on behalf of St Nicholas Church, Laindon and District Community Archive Group, Laindon and Basildon Royal British Legion, Royal Tank and Royal Anglian Regiment, John Baron MP, Langdon Hills Conservative Party, Swan Housing, UKIP Councilors, Basildon District Scouts, Members of the Basildon Borough Council, RNA Basildon and the PCSO Laindon Neighbourhood Police Team.

The service ended with the singing of the National Anthem.

There was a very good turn out with well over 100 people attending.

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  • Hi Donald.  Go to the search button top right hand and enter ‘Laindon & District War Memorial’ it will give you the history and why we have the service at 3pm.  Cheers.

    By Ken Porter (22/11/2015)
  • Thanks for the link Ken, having read all of the article, I have to say that the reason is a good one. A tradition has been created and should remain as common practice, for as we all know, Laindoners are different, a bit special. 

    Had I been aware, at the time, of the petition to keep these memorials in Laindon, my suggestion for the siting of them would have been: Laindon Police Station grounds. My reasoning for this is that they would be less likely to suffer any damage from vandalism in a place where they might be under constant observation. Sorry to sound like a pessimist, but that’s just me. 

    By Donald Joy (22/11/2015)
  • “Laindon remembers its fallen, the reason for this is historical”. Would it be unseemly for me to ask, what is the reason?

    By Donald Joy (21/11/2015)

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