A Service of Reflection to mark the Centenary of the Armistice and the Restoration of Peace – 11th November 2018

Four years of commemoration of First World War 1914-1918 culminated in this service of Reflection in Hereford Cathedral in the afternoon of 11th November, following the Remembrance Sunday services held all over the County, the Country and the World. It has been interesting to see how interest and a wish to be involved has grown over that four years. We have not wallowed in nostalgia, jingoism or bravado. We have simply remembered the sacrifices that so many made, laying down their lives or suffering the most dreadful physical and mental damage lasting the rest of their lives, including all those directly affected and those who loved them. We owe our freedom to them.

I would urge anyone reading this post to look at the service sheet which they can do here. I cannot do justice to the service in a short description. Armistice Day Service 11.xi.18.

The Silence during which 3,213 poppy leaves fell from the tower gallery was unforgettable.

It seems right to pay tribute to all those who have worked so hard to ensure that this important centenary has been marked properly – The Lord Lieutenant and her office, the Chairman of the Council and his office, The Dean and Chapter of Hereford Cathedral and, particularly, The WWI committee, and many others all over the County.