People from across Aylesbury will pay their respects to members of the armed forces who have lost their lives in the line of duty, at the town’s annual Remembrance Day Service and Parade on Sunday 11 November.
Aylesbury’s Market Square will host the service and parade, which this year is expected to attract a greater number of members of the public, along with military veterans and local civic figures to mark 100 years since the end of World War 1.
Organised by Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC), the event includes a parade from the arches off Market Square to the War Memorial at 10.50am, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony. The remembrance service, led by Reverend Doug Zimmerman, begins shortly after 10.55am and centres around the symbolic two-minute silence – which begins at 11am.
A lone trumpeter will play the Last Post before the two-minute silence. After the Reveille, the service continues with prayers, hymns and the national anthem, led by the choir of St Mary’s Church and accompanied by Ellesborough Silver Band.
Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, will lay the first wreath at the War Memorial followed by other civic dignitaries including:
- Councillor Sue Renshell, Chairman of AVDC;
- Councillor Mark Willis, Mayor of Aylesbury;
- RAF Halton Group Captain Katherine Wilson;
- Representatives from local organisations.
At the end of the service, the parade will march past the Clock Tower where the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Chairman of AVDC, Town Mayor and RAF Halton Group Captain will take the salute.
Taking part in the march will be Royal British Legion Riders, RAF Halton pipes and drums, 710 (RBH) Operational Hygiene Squadron, RAF Colour Squadron, Royal British Legion and Ex-Service Associations, Sea and Marine Cadets, Police Cadets, Scouts, Guides and the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade.
Councillor Sue Renshell, Chairman of AVDC, said: “Remembrance Day offers us the chance to honour and remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country. In this 100th anniversary year marking of the end of World War 1 I would encourage all local residents to show their support for Remembrance Day by joining us for the service and parade.”
Other events are taking place before and after the service and parade, contributing to a day of commemorative events.