Thousands gathered across the borough on Sunday, 11 November 2018 for Remembrance Day Services to honour the nation's war heroes, commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War.
Representatives from the Navy, Army and Royal Air Force joined veterans and civic dignitaries for parades and services in Rochdale town centre, Heywood, Littleborough, Middleton, Norden, Milnrow and Wardle. The crew of HMS Middleton also paraded in Middleton and provided a guard of honour at the memorial.
Barely a sound was heard as the Last Post was played and residents gathered for the services, impeccably observing silences at 11am, and at 3pm in Wardle. Each included extracts from Lawrence Binyon's 1914 poem For The Fallen:
"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."
Members of the public also laid their own wreathes and remembered following readings of The Kohima Epitaph:
"When you go home, Tell them of us and say, For your tomorrow, We gave our today."
After the service in Rochdale there was a range of family entertainment to mark the 100 year milestone.
'remember and reflect'
The Mayor, Councillor Mohammed Zaman said:
"It's a special year with this being the 100 year anniversary, although remembrance is about everyone who gave up their lives over many decades. I was proud to represent the borough at the services and once again we saw huge turnouts right across the borough."
Councillor Janet Emsley, our Lead Member for the Armed Forces said:
"The services I attended were very moving and it was an honour to remember and reflect. Turnouts have been incredible, despite poor weather for most of the morning. It is important we remember the contribution and sacrifices of our past heroes. The one hundred year anniversary is a poignant reminder to us all."
We signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2012, aimed at encouraging communities to support services that promote and encourage activities that help integrate armed forces personnel back into civilian life. Current or ex Armed Forces personnel can register for help or get more information.
Every Thursday from 9am-10am we host a Veterans' Breakfast Club in the Clock Tower Dining Room at Rochdale Town Hall, alongside our armed forces partners. All serving personnel, ex-military and dependents are welcome.
Find out more about the support and services available for current or ex Armed Forces personnel.
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