We will Remember
Church News | Sunday, 12 November 2017 |
Meeting at the Broomfield Remembrance Memorial on Church Green yesterday (11/11/17) gave us yet another opportunity to remember and to give thanks for all those who died in two World Wars in order that we should be free. It was a short but lovely service and along with members of the Royal British Legion and Military staff we were especially pleased to see a few families gathered who had brought their children and delighted as ever to welcome the children from St Pius X Primary School, who came bearing poppies and crosses in order to honour those who died. The children have graced the service for some years now and are always respectful and well behaved.
This morning’s service was a truly splendid act of remembrance organised by the Royal British Legion in Broomfield. Following the reading of the names of those men of Broomfield who had forfeited their lives in two World Wars, the Exhortation had been spoken, wreaths had been laid and the first hymn had been sung. Revd Carolyn who is Chaplain to the Broomfield RBL branch gave a very warm welcome to a very packed church congregation. Following the welcoming, Revd. Anne read a very poignant poem entitled ‘The inquisitive mind of a child’. The Scripture reading was taken from Wisdom 3: 2-5, 9 which began with the words: ‘The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God’ beautifully read by Revd Diana.
A very sensitive address was given by Revd Julie who reminded us of why we celebrate the fallen of two World Wars and of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in more recent conflicts. During the next hymn a collection was taken for the Poppy Appeal. The Choir from St Mary’s Church sang a beautiful anthem entitled ‘A Clare Benediction’ by John Rutter.
Following the Prayers of Intersession, we sang our final hymn ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ then the National Anthem. On completion of the Church service and while our Organist, Jill, played a beautiful, musical tribute a parade of the Clergy, Standard Bearers, Uniformed groups, and many from the congregation made their way out of the church and through the churchyard to the War Graves where a short service was held.
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