Town ready to mark Remembrance Day
By CarlyBaldwin | Friday, November 09, 2012, 09:49
Dignitaries and residents of Walsall will come together to remember fallen soldiers as the town marks Remembrance Day this Sunday.
Walsall will join with the rest of the country to remember the fallen
Mayor Dennis Anson will lead the annual commemoration, which will include the traditional parade and the laying of wreaths.
Councillor Anson and Mayoress Kath Anson will assemble with representatives at Walsall Council House at 10.05am on Sunday, before accompanying members of John Henry Carless's family to place a wreath on the Carless Memorial in Lichfield Street.
There will also be an opportunity for others to lay wreaths there to honour Walsall-born Mr Carless who was awarded the Victoria Cross for "bravery and devotion to duty.
The Mayor will return to Walsall Council House for 10.25am am where the procession will then make its way to the cenotaph in Bradford Place via Lichfield Street, Lower Bridge Street, The Bridge and Bradford Street.
The procession will arrive at the cenotaph in Bradford Place and form in the roadway round the gardens.
The Mayoral party and the clergy will take their places at 10.40am, ready for the start of the open air service - which will be amplified - to be conducted by the Reverend Mark Kinder, Vicar of St Paul's The Crossing.
A sign language interpreter will also be available and will be positioned next to the microphone. People who are hard of hearing may wish to stand as close to the front as possible.
All present at the cenotaph are invited to join in singing hymns, accompanied by The Staffordshire Band and Members of the Credo Singers.
The Reverend Colin Gibson, Rector of St Matthew's will address the service and the exhortation will be read by Terry Nokes.
Buglers from the Staffordshire Band will sound The Last Post before a rifle salute to mark the two minutes' silence is given by members of 4 Mercian.
The buglers will then sound the Reveille before the Mayor leads the laying of wreaths.
Reverend Mark Kinder will give the blessing and all present are invited to sing the first verse of the National Anthem accompanied by The Staffordshire Band and the Credo Singers.
At the conclusion of the service the Mayoral Party will return along the same route to Walsall Council House, where the Mayor will take the salute, accompanied by a Mace Bearer and Standard Bearers from the Royal British Legion.
The Mayor said: "Remembrance Day is a time of poignancy and reflection for borough residents across the generations.
"As a former RAF serviceman I welcome the opportunity for residents of all ages to take the time to consider the sacrifices made both in the past and in current conflicts.
"Our thoughts will rightly be with those brave men and women and their loved ones on this important day."