A Service of Dedication of the Field of Remembrance in the Lady Arbour of Hereford Cathedral took place today at the start of the week that leads up to Sunday 11th November, Remembrance Sunday and the Centenary of the Armistice that brought the fighting of World War I to an end.
The Dean offered a Collect of Remembrance
O Lord of the years, sharer of our joys and sorrows, king of this world and of all the worlds to come; we offer our humble and heartfelt thanks for all who gave their lives that we may love without fear. Help us so to remember their sacrifice, not only on this day but all our days, that we may give ourselves as generously as they did to the causes of freedom, justice and peace, and finally be united with them in the heavenly homeland of your love: through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Major Alan Harrhy, County President of the Royal British Legion, read the following lesson from St. Paul’s second epistle to the Corinthians, chapter 1 verses 3-4.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant set in the field a Cross of Remembrance and said :
Remember, O Lord, your people who cry to you in their grief.
Remember the fallen in battle, and the innocents who have died.
Remember your power to heal and save: and all for your tender mercy’s sake
Mrs Barbara Leeson, Chairman of the Royal British Legion Herefordshire recited the best known verse from Laurence Binyon’s poem “For the Fallen” :
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.
The standards were dipped as two buglers sounded the Last Post. The a silence before the buglers sounded the Reveille.
Mrs Leeson then recite the Kohima Epitaph.
When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say,
‘For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today’