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Remembrance Day Service and Parade

A cordial invitation is extended to all Lynemouth residents, community groups, and visitors to join in the annual Lynemouth Remembrance Sunday Service and Parade.

The Remembrance Day Service and Parade on Sunday 11th November 2018 will start at 10.20 a.m. at the William Leech Campus, Northumberland Church of England Academy, Dalton Avenue, then the parade will assemble (after the service) on Dalton Avenue and then proceed via West Market Street and Bridge Road to the Cenotaph at the Lynemouth Institute for laying of wreaths at 11.00 a.m.

The Chairman of the Parish Council will lay a wreath  on behalf of Lynemouth Parish Council as usual. Refreshments (tea and coffee and biscuits) will be served in the lounge at the Miners' Welfare Institute for attendees after the laying of wreaths.

HISTORY

Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. This day, or alternative dates, are also recognised as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month."

The day was specifically dedicated by King George V on 7 November 1919 as a day of remembrance for members of the armed forces who were killed during World War I.

The initial or very first Armistice Day was held at Buckingham Palace commencing with King George V hosting a "Banquet in Honour of The President of the French Republic" during the evening hours of November 10 1919. The First Official Armistice Day was subsequently held on the Grounds of Buckingham Palace on the Morning of November 11th 1919. This would set the trend for a day of Remembrance for decades to come.

The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields". These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.