Hundreds gathered to give thanks for those who have fallen in conflict at the annual Remembrance Day service in Preston Members of the Armed Forces past and present joined civic dignitaries and ordinary people at the newly restored War Memorial.Advertisement
Medals and poppy-red wreaths shone in the sunshine as a lone bugler played the Last Post which was then followed by the huge crowd falling silent for the traditional two minutes in respect of all those serving in the forces who lost their lives during past and present conflicts.
The Vicar of Preston, Canon Timothy Lipscomb presided over the service to give words of encouragement and strength to those who have lost loved ones whilst serving their country. Prayers were said to ask for peace and an end to conflict the world over. He also said that he hoped that we would all remember the displaced people in various countries around the world who had lost their homes and their families to seek refuge away from troubled areas.
Following the laying of wreaths by civil dignitaries and senior member of the armed forces, the service concluded and the marching band led the official parade around the Market Square which was met with cheers and applause by the attending crowds to show their appreciation of the work and dedication of the military forces.
Later, civilian members attending the Memorial Day laid wreaths and crosses to commemorate lost loved ones and family during conflict.
Bernie Blackburn also captured the mood as people listened to the service and laid poppy wreathes.
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