I’ve had a very unusual morning.
I decided to go along to the local Remembrance Service which was held firstly in the local church, and then at the War Memorial across the road. During the service at the church, the poppy wreaths were to be placed near the plaque in the church where the names of the soldiers who died in the two World Wars were listed.
The Chairman of the local Royal Britsih Legion group placed their wreath, and then it was the turn of the Chairman of the Parish Council. I watched and waited, but he didn’t move forward to place the wreath. Then suddenly he collapsed and fell to the floor. Fortunately the British Legion man who was standing next to him was able to steady him as he fell. After a few minutes, he came round and was helped to a seat.
I went over to speak to him and, as I was the only other member of the Parish Council present, he handed me the key to the flagpole and said that I would have to lay the wreath at the War Memorial! He didn’t look at all well, and was helped out to be taken home.
Well, I’ve never done anything like that before, but with the help and support of the Royal British Legion man it was fine. He told me when to step forward and lay the wreath, to stand next to him as he quoted ‘They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old…..’ and then when to take three steps back and bow before going back to the crowd. I was glad of his support because it’s a very important occasion and I wanted to get it right. It was a very moving service, and I was very glad to be able to take part in it.
This is the poppy wreath that I laid on the War Memorial on behalf of the Parish Council. It was decided to secure it with a stone as it was very windy.
‘They shall not grow 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’