Remembrance Sunday 13th November 2022

Remembrance Sunday 13th November 2022.

Around 125 people turned out at 3pm for this year’s Remembrance Day Service at the Laindon War Memorial. It was a very moving service, with hymns and the weather did not let us down. The sun shone brightly and flags waved in the breeze as the bugler played ‘The last Post’. This was followed up with refreshments organised by Swan Housing in a nearby marquee erected especially for the service – We thank them –

Wreaths were laid by: Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex, John Baron MP, Basildon Council, Political Parties (Conservatives-Labour-Independence, British Legion, Essex Police, Laindon Activity Centre, Basildon District Scouts, Royal Naval Reserves, Merchant Navy, Swan Housing, Sanctuary, Basildon Borough Heritage, Basildion Twinning, Laindon and District Community Archive, Sandra and Stephen Hiller ex Councilors, St Nicholas Church.

In addition , there were five bunches of flowers from members of the public. There were crosses laid in honour of John Burnett (RAF) and private Trumble (Afghanistan). Lincewood Junior School had made an early visit and laid a wreath. There were other floral displays for various family members.

Remembrance Day services on Remembrance Sunday across the country are held at 11am. Ours is held at 3pm, a little unique you may say but just in case you do not know this is due to the fact that the Memorial was unveiled in 1935 at 3pm, because the local Rector of Laindon-cum-Basildon Rev. M N Lake had a morning service to attend. So, our Remembrance Service has been held at 3pm ever since.

Kohima epitaph:
“When you go home, Tell them of us and say, For your Tomorrow, We gave our today.”

On the following day, Monday, while relaying the wreaths, there was a surprise visit from Merrylands School reception class, who had their photos taken around the poppies. The teachers told us they come every year.

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