TWO Remembrance ceremonies, paying tribute to the men and women who sacrificed their lives defending this country, will take place in Reading over the week-end of 11th and 12th of November.
Reading Mayor, Councillor Rose Williams, will lead a two minute silence at the Forbury War Memorial at 11am on Armistice Day on Saturday 11th November and members of the public are welcome to attend.
Remembrance Sunday, Reading’s main service and parade, will take place in the town centre on Sunday 12th November.
The Remembrance Service will begin at Reading Minster at 9.30am. There will be readings from the Bishop of Reading, Rt Rev Andrew Proud, (MBE), Officer Commanding Headquarter Company 7 Rifles, Major Neil Perriton, and Vice Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, Jeffrey Branch and the Mayor of Reading, Cllr Rose Williams. Members of the public are welcome to join the service.
The service will be followed by a march through the town centre, led by the Waterloo Band and Bugles of the 7 Rifles, to the Forbury Gardens. The Remembrance Ceremony at the Forbury War Memorial will include the laying of wreaths and a two minute silence at 11am.
Cllr Rose Williams said: “It will be an honour to lead the two minute silence at the Forbury War Memorial and I would encourage as many people as possible to join me on either or both days. These ceremonies are an opportunity for everyone to come together to remember those who paid the ultimate price in defence of our country.”
Reading Borough Council was recognised in July for its continued commitment to defence and support of the Armed Forces community by winning the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme’s Bronze Award.
The scheme recognises employers who pledge and demonstrate support to the armed forces community and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.
The Council provides support to Armed Forces by giving further priority to personnel when applying for social housing as part of the Council’s Housing Allocations Scheme, and accommodating for staff who are in the Reserve Forces.
In addition, the Council works with 7 Rifles and other key partners in Reading to co-ordinate support as far as possible, as part of the Reading Armed Forces Covenant. More information on the covenant is available at: www.reading.gov.uk/reading-armed-forces-community-covenant
On November 12th the following roads will be subject to closure at times between 10am – 12 noon to enable the Parade and Ceremony to take place: St Marys Butts, Broad Street, The Forbury, Market Place; High Street; Abbots Walk.
The Associations and Regiments taking part in the march are:
- Reading Sea Cadets Corps
- Royal Army Service Corps / Royal Corps Transport
- Reading 3rd Girls Brigade
- The Forgotten British Gurkhas Veterans
- Reading 3rd Boys’ Brigade
- 103rd Oxford Road Scout Group
- 1st Reading YMCA Sea Scout Group
- 2nd Reading Girl Guides Unit
- Punjabi Sikh Association, Reading and Wokingham
- 381 (Reading) Squadron Air Training Corp
- 8th Platoon Reading Army Cadets
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