Date Published: 24 October 2019
Rutland County Council’s Armed Forces Champion (a retired Army Officer) is encouraging people to come together in remembrance ahead of this year’s Armistice Day.
Councillor Ian Razzell is one of Rutland’s Armed Forces Champions and is responsible for ensuring the Council does all it can to support members of the Armed Forces Community either living or stationed locally.
“It doesn’t feel like a year since final preparations were being made to mark to the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day with the incredibly poignant Rutland Community Poppy Project at Oakham Castle. While this hugely significant milestone has now passed (and that of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day), it is no less important that we come together again to pause and remember those who fought and died in the Great War, as well as all those who have fought and continue to fight in subsequent conflicts around the world. It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that more than 1million British military personnel lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars, with the First World War accounting for more than 880,000 of these casualties. We pause to remember not just those who fought but also what they fought for. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”
Councillor Razzell, Rutland County Council Armed Forces Champion
Armistice Day commemorations will take place around Rutland on Sunday 10 and Monday 11 November 2019.
In Oakham, a special Royal British Legion Remembrance parade will set off from the Market Place at 2.00pm on Sunday 10 November.
The parade will include contingents from locally based Army Regiments and the Royal Air Force, together with local Cadet, Scout and Girl Guide groups, and will finish at All Saints Church, where a service of remembrance will be held from 2.30pm.
The service will be following by a wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial on Church Street. The parade will then retrace its steps along the High Street, where Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Sarah Furness will receive a salute.
On Monday 11 November, people are encouraged to observe a two-minute silence outside Crown Walk in Oakham, starting at 11.00am. The commemoration will include prayers led by the Royal British Legion’s Padre, Reverend Brian McAvoy.
At 11.00am on each Armistice Day a two minute silence is observed at war memorials and other public spaces across the UK. The silence is meant as a tribute to those who lost their lives while fighting for their country and marks the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 when guns across Europe fell silent.
As part of Rutland’s remembrance events, a special Poppy Appeal concert is also being held by the Rutland Concert Band on behalf of the Royal British Legion on Saturday 9 November.
The concert takes place at All Saints Church from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 and are available to purchase on the door.