People from across Aylesbury will pay their respects to members of the armed forces who lost their lives in the line of duty, at the town’s annual Remembrance Day Service and Parade on Sunday 10 November.
Aylesbury’s Market Square will host the service and parade, which this year is expected to attract a greater number of people, along with military veterans and local civic figures to mark 100 years since the first Remembrance Day.
Organised by Aylesbury Vale District Council, 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 the Rev 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.
Alexander Boswell, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, will lay the first wreath at the memorial followed by other civic dignitaries including Councillor Judy Brandis, Chairman of the district council, Councillor Mike Smith, Mayor of Aylesbury, Group Captain Katherine Wilson, RAF Halton, and 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 the council, 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 Judy Brandis, Chairman of AVDC, said: ‘Remembrance Day offers us the chance to remember and honour those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country. I would like to encourage all local residents to attend this special 100 years Remembrance Day Service and Parade.’