Remembrance Sunday, the second Sunday in November, is the day traditionally put aside to remember all those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom. On this day people across the nation pause to reflect on the sacrifices made in two World Wars and other conflicts since.
Special Remembrance Services take place in all the churches across the Team – in many of the villages (Langham, Braunston, Whissendine, Ashwell and Market Overton), the service starts shortly before 11:00am, in order that the traditional two minutes silence can be observed on the hour, whilst the villages with an earlier service will still mark the occasion (Brooke, Hambleton & Teigh). Full details of services can be seen below.
At Oakham, the two minutes silence will be observed at 11:00am during the normal 10:30am Parish Communion service, but the main observation is at the Civic Remembrance Service at 2:30pm, when representatives of the Armed Services and Uniformed Organisations parade through the town from 2:00pm, and the service is followed by an Act of Remembrance when wreaths are laid at the War Memorial in the south churchyard.
The order of service on that occasion is based on one prepared by a group representing the churches and convened through Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), working in partnership with the Royal British Legion. In use since 2005, it is commended on behalf of the churches by the presidents of CTBI and replaces the service that has been in use since 1968.
The structure of the service begins with remembering the fallen, we then listen to God’s words of peace and reconciliation and then end with responding in Hope and Commitment.
The photo above shows the War Memorial at the Dedication Service on 6 April 1922.