Their sacrifices must never be forgotten - St Albans district marks Remembrance Day

Harpenden Remembrance Service by Steve Collins, Harpenden Photographic Society

Harpenden Remembrance Service by Steve Collins, Harpenden Photographic Society - Credit: Archant

People gathered in their hundreds to honour the fallen veterans of two World Wars and other conflicts at Remembrance Day parades on Sunday.

Leaders of the major faiths in St Albans united alongside Mayor Salih Gaygusuz and representatives of the air, sea, and army cadets, the Guiding and Scout movements, police and other uniformed services.

The St Albans parade made its way along St Peter’s Street to the war memorial where the service was conducted by Rev Rosemary of Marlborough Road Methodist Church, with leaders from the major faiths also carrying out religious readings.

The service included prayers from Lieutenant-Colonel Ernest Coupe of the Salvation Army and the St Albans City Band provided music for the hymns.

Wreaths were laid by the Mayor, MP Anne Main and the chairman of the Royal British Legion before more than 20 other local representatives.

Mayor Cllr Salih Gaygusuz said: “It was very moving to gather with so many local people at St Albans’ annual Remembrance Day service.

“The number of people attending the remembrance services seems to increase every year, showing how much respect people want to pay to the men and women who sacrificed their lives in the defence of this country.

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“In particular we remembered those who are grieving for friends and family they have lost.”

More than 600 people also attended the “heart-warming” Remembrance event in Radlett, which has grown in recent years and 2015’s event saw Watling Street closed off for the first time by police.

The commemoration was jointly organised by the local churches and synagogues with the service and readings in English and Hebrew.

Radlett Scouts and Guides (including younger sections) marched along Watling Street to the war memorial and wreaths were laid by a number of local organisations.

Active Radlett resident Clive Glover attended the ceremony: “It was encouraging to see so many people of all ages present at the ceremony so we can be sure that those who gave their lives for their country will continue to be remembered by the next generation.”

Harpenden, Park Street, and Sandridge also hosted ceremonies to mark Remembrance Sunday.

In London Colney more than 300 youngsters from local organisations took part in one of the biggest vilage turnouts for Remembrance Day the village has ever seen.

Children read out the names of every villager who had died during the wars and crosses were placed at the village memorial for each of the fallen.

The parade was led by piper Mark Bissett and parish council leader Malcolm MacMillan, who said: “It is you who help keep the memory alive.”

This year also saw the St Albans district council lay a commemorative stone in memory of Private Edward Warner at the War Memorial.

Private Warner was born in St Albans and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for acts of bravery on May 1 1915 in the First World War.

The stone was funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government as part of the Government’s Victoria Cross Commemoration Paving Stones initiative.