St Albans Remembrance parade along St Peter’s Street tomorrow (8)

A war memorial in Normandy

A war memorial in Normandy - Credit: Archant

Remembrance services across the district will see faith leaders, politicians, cadets and members of the public unite in silence to honour Britain’s war dead on Sunday (8).

St Albans Mayor, Cllr Salih Gaygusuz, and members of the Royal British Legion (RBL) will be joined by uniformed servicemen and servicewomen to lead a parade through the city centre beginning outside Marks & Spencer at 10.30am.

Aldermen and councillors from county, district, parish and town councils will be in the procession while the Mayor will accompanied by his macebearer - both wearing official robes.

The Mayor said: “I hope people from all sections of the community will join us for the service. This is our way of recognising the debt we owe to the men and women who sacrificed their lives in the defence of this country. We must always remember them.”

Father Tom Hewitt from the SS Alban and Stephen Catholic church will read from the New Testament, Rabbi Daniel Sturgess from St Albans United Synagogue will read from the Hebrew Scriptures and Imam Muhammed Fukhrul Islam of the Jame Mosque will read from the Quaran.

Lieut-colonel Ernest Coupe of the Salvation Army will also read prayers while the St Albans City Band will provide music for the hymns.

Don Dell, chairman of the St Albans branch of the RBL, said: “The parade and service will honour those who have given their lives or suffered injury in war.

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“The Royal British Legion was founded by veterans of the First World War who adopted the poppy as their symbol of remembrance and hope.

“Please give generously to the poppy appeal 2015 and help us to continue our welfare work for our armed forces families.”

St Leonard’s Church in Sandridge will also be holding an act of remembrance at 10.45am, where the names of those commemorated on the church’s lychgate will be read out.