The Abingdon Blog

The Abingdon Blog is a photo record of events and places in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, started on January 1st 2006.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Remembrance Day

There were a lot of people there for the Remembrance Day Service round the War Memorial. Every year there seem more people. The last post was played on the bugle, two minutes of silence followed, then a glider flew past, before the wreathes were laid at the War Memorial.

Afterwards, as the troops and uniformed organisations marched past, there was a loud cheer for the Soldiers. Many could be going back to Afghanistan and Iraq next year.

As well as the active soldiers, who continue to serve in wars, were the honoured veterans.

Somebody was telling me that a decade or so ago there used to be a gap in front of Smarts, the fish and chip shop, during the remembrance service. The area had been reserved for World War I soldiers but of those who had survived there were fewer and fewer, and so other people have filled in that area since.

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.

--Laurence Binyon (1869 to 1943)


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