A HUGE crowd gathered at Bordon’s war memorial on Monday to pay their respects to the town’s fallen heroes from the First World War and Second World War.
The service was conducted by Reverend Wendy Mallas and involved several hymns and reflective readings and poems, including In Flanders Fields read by the town’s mayor, Councillor Catherine Clark, and We Shall Keep The Faith read by Oakmoor School’s head girl Amálie Hadfield and head boy Ryley Green.
A number of wreaths were laid, including by military representatives, the Royal British Legion, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Lions International, police, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cllr Adam Carew on behalf of East Hampshire District Council, the mayor on behalf of Whitehill Town Council, relatives of the fallen and the public.
More than 150 children also attended the service, with many laying crosses on the war memorial to remember the 69 people from the town who lost their lives in the First and Second World War, and whose names are on the town’s roll of honour.
Each of the 69 names were read out by Cllr Carew, who is a district and county councillor for Whitehill and Bordon.
The Last Post was then played on a bugle, signalling the start of the one minute silence at 11am.
Another bugle call, the Reveille, marked the end of the reflective silence, before the Kohima Epitaph was read by Lieutenant Colonel Mark Ludlow.
Following the service at the war memorial, there was also a laying of wreaths at the Military Cemetery in Bolley Avenue, Bordon.
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