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On the eleventh month, on the eleventh day, at the eleventh hour of November 1918, the “The Great War” finally ceased, this day would be marked in man's history, as from that day on this occasion would be held in great and deepest respect for all those millions killed in battle who never came home to loved ones and family....For they remain asleep in death and lie in Foreign fields under clear blue skies.

The procession leaves the church
 

The Edenbridge hospital memorial

When the “Second World War” shook the earth, men and women from all the Commonwealth countries once again flocked to the “colours” and joined-up, there to face an evil enemy in battles that raged across the globe in one of the most brutal, horrific and destructive wars that has ever faced mankind, once again millions sacrifice their lives for their belief in Freedom and Peace.

Since the end of hostilities in 1945, there have been in-numerable wars and conflicts that have spread across the earth where British Forces have been employed, there to fight for the liberation of it's people, and free them from dictators, tyranny, oppression and evil.

 

The recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, have taken their toll of Brave servicemen and women, who have also given so heroically their lives, having been killed in the service of their country. For they have all given the “Ultimate Sacrifice” for their belief in Freedom...and it is for all those that we remember them on this... Remembrance Day.

In cities, towns and villages all over the country, as well as in many parts of the earth, hundreds of thousands of people paid their respects for those who sacrificed their lives.

Edenbridge Town Fire Brigade
 

Wreath's being laid at the memorial

It is marked by church services and parades through tiny villages, towns and cities, in every corner of the country, there to stand before their own war memorial, where the names of those local Heroes who have “Fallen in Battle” are etched in stone for all time.

Likewise in this small country town of Edenbridge, crowds flocked to St Peter & St Paul's church in the town in remembrance the “Fallen”, there to show their own respects to those who have been killed. 

 

Despite being a cold day, many local residents lined the streets as bandmaster and conductor David Pocock, accompanied by the Edenbridge Town Band, led the parade from the church to the war memorial at the hospital.

The band struck up the sombre music that would herald this Remembrance Day, as the band marched off they were followed by dozens people and representatives from many local groups; The Edenbridge Scouts, Brownies and Girl Guides, Cubs, Beavers and Explorers, Edenbridge Fire & Rescue Service, Edenbridge Police and Community Wardens, The Local Clergy from Different Faiths, The Air Training Corps, Members of the Town Council and The Royal British Legion.

At the arrival at the memorial, heads were bowed as a prayer was said, then those who had the privilege to lay a wreath stepped forward took the bow and salute in front of the names on the memorial, and before the crowd gathered there.

Also present were those who had fought in the Second War and in later conflicts, and those who represented family members who had been killed, all standing erect and proud wearing the medals awarded for their honourable service.

The flag bearers lowered the standards according to tradition as the two minutes silence commenced, it gave all there the time with heads bowed to reflect with sombre thoughts, those who have sacrificed their lives for us.

Young children with parents stood hand-in-hand, and children never knowing what war is stood silent, all displaying a moment of deep respect for the Remembrance Service taking place.

When the wreaths of poppies had been laid and prayers said, Edenbridge Town Band members played the Last Post, signifying the end of the ceremony.

The town band then commenced the final march from the hospital back down the High Street to the church, with music that captured the sombre moment of this Remembrance Day.

 

The Children show their respects

 
“At The Going Down of the Sun and in the Morning …We Will Remember Them”
 
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