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Southampton Old Cemetery - Remembrance Sunday Ceremony 2016

Monday 14th November 2016

The Remembrance Sunday Ceremony was held on 13th November, and started at 2.15 pm with the Mayor of Southampton Cllr Cathie McEwing and other principal representatives being led by piper Joe Fagan through the main entrance of the Cemetery to the Cross of Sacrifice. They were followed by cadets representing the three services of the Armed Forces. David Palmer was the master of ceremonies on behalf of FoSOC and welcomed the Mayoral party, members of FoSOC and the public, and the cadets. He then spoke of the ceremony of remembrance today, focusing on the major events in 1916 the Battle of the Somme WW1, for which this is the centennial year. David spoke movingly of this battle and honoured those who took part, the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Flying Corps (now the RAF). Major Mike Humme of the Southampton Branch of the Royal British Legion then spoke the Exhortation. This was followed by the traditional one minute’s silence, after which bugler Neil Garvey sounded the Last Post. Wreaths were then laid at the Cross of Sacrifice by the Mayor, Major Humme, Mr Keith Bailey as the representative of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and Mr William Ferguson as Chairman of FoSOC, who also laid a wreath on behalf of the Belgian Consul Mr Peter Green who could not attend. Major Humme also then recited the Kohima Epitaph. Joe Fagan then piped the congregation to the Belgian War Memorial for the second part of the ceremony. David Palmer spoke at the Belgian War Memorial of the contribution and sacrifice made by the Belgian Army and its people. Wreaths were laid at the Belgian War Memorial by the Mayor, Major Mike Humme, Mr Keith Bailey and Mr William Ferguson. David Palmer concluded the ceremony and thanked those present for taking part in and attending today’s act of remembrance. Photos taken by Surender Sharma