Time to remember those who died in the wars of the world

pic: Veterans on parade at Burgess Hill  Nov 14  2011  Remembrance  pic Phil Dennett
pic: Veterans on parade at Burgess Hill Nov 14 2011 Remembrance pic Phil Dennett

Remebrance services will be held in towns and villages across Mid Sussex on Sunday to honour those who died in the service of their country.

As well as the main outdoor services and parades at Church Walk war memorial at Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath, there will be moving acts of remembrance in other communities.

The Royal British Legion’s Burgess Hill Branch will be holding the Remembrance Day Parade and service in St John’s Church.

The traditional march to the War Memorial will start at 10.30am from Cyprus Road Car Park will be followed the laying of wreaths.

After this ceremony a service will be held in St John’s Church, Burgess Hill.

This year at Burgess Hill people will be singing the well loved and familiar hymn with a new twist, ‘Eternal Father Strong to save’ to honour the sacrifice of all three services.

The parade will reform after the service and march back to Cyprus Road car park.

Burgess Hill Town Council’s ‘People’s Wreath’ for members of the public will be placed on the War Memorial on Sunday as part of the service.

At Muster Green, Haywards Heath, a short outdoor service will begin at 10.45 followed by the laying of wreaths.

A large number of young people will join veterans in the parades and at the services.

The participation of younger people and the good crowd attendances give optimism that later generations will ensure the sacfrice of men and women in wars will be publicly remembered in years to come.

David Truran, Parade Marshall of the Royal British Legion – Burgess Hill Branch, said: “I am very pleased that once again the youth of Burgess Hill will be playing a large part in the parade and the service at the War Memorial. The younger generations are showing a lot more interest in learning about the two World Wars and the conflicts that have taken place and are still ongoing to this day and we are happy for them to join us on Remembrance Day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Chris Thomas-Atkin, Burgess Hill Mayor, said: “The Remembrance Day commemorations in Burgess Hill are important to the local community. It is vital that we preserve this event as an opportunity for our community, including our young people, to pay its respects to those who gave their lives for others. We need to continue to develop this event to help future generations to learn about, and understand, the importance of the sacrifices that were made.”