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We will remember them

We will remember them

Veterans from the Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) stood together to pay their respects to those who had sacrificed their lives in conflict. Around them friends, family and Cathedral staff and visitors stood in silence as prayers were offered, poems recited and wreaths were laid in the South East Transept to mark Armistice Day.

The start of the commemoration  had been signalled by the striking of the bell of HMS Canterbury at 11.00 hrs and the turning of pages from the Books of Remembrance.

There was a brief moment after the service when the veterans shook hands and shared stories before the regimental flags were marched back out through the Cathedral and into the Precincts.

Here a smaller ceremony took place by theBuffs memorial statue. Two further wreaths were laid as veterans, young and old, saluted the fallen.

On Sunday at 10.50 hrs there was a service at the Cathedral after the civic act of remembrance in the Buttermarket and a special 18.30 hrs service featured readings and music inspired by the First World War.

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

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