Remembrance Service


Maldon Town Remembrance ServiceThe eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice, on 11th November 1918, to signal the end of World War One when at 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare.

Remembrance Day, formerly known as Armistice Day is held on 11 November and is a special day set aside for us all to remember all men and women who were killed during the two World Wars and all other conflicts since then.

Remembrance Sunday is held on the second Sunday in November, which is usually the Sunday nearest to 11 November. Special services are held at war memorials and churches all over Britain. Maldon Town Council is responsible for organising the Town's  own Remembrance Parade and Wreath Laying ceremony at the War Memorial adjacent to All Saints Church. The parade is followed by a Church Service which alternates between several of the Town's churches.

In Maldon the Remembrance Parade is attended by the Town Mayor, Councillors and other local dignitaries, ex-Servicemen and Women, The British Legion, various Cadet Forces, TA units, St. John's Ambulance, Fire Brigade the Police and other emergency services and voluntary groups together with a substantial number of local residents.

Following a short service and the laying of wreaths, the Last Post is played and those that gather to pay their respects observe the nationwide 2 minute silence at 11 a.m.

A stanza from the poem called 'For the Fallen' is often read aloud during the ceremony which reads:

"They shall grow not 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."

Fourth stanza of 'For the Fallen' by Laurence Binyon (1869 - 1943)

For further information about the British Legion and the work they conduct, please visit their website at http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/

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