All generations were represented at a poignant and moving ceremony in Boston’s Memorial Gardens on Friday to mark the annual opening of the garden of remembrance.
The crowd listened intently as Don Ransome, President of the Boston and District Branch of the Royal British Legion and Christopher Ladner, St Botolph’s Church led the service. They reflected on the tragedy of war, those living left scarred by conflict and the reasons why we should all remember.
Boston Mayor, Cllr Anton Dani, declared the gardens open for this year’s remembrance events with the symbolic placing of a tiny wooden cross.
The event had been organised by Boston and District Branch of the Royal British Legion and was attended by serving members of the armed forces, ex-servicemen and women, the public and children from borough primary and secondary schools and uniformed services students from Boston College. Representatives from all schools and the college laid wreaths at the war memorial.
The Act of Homage followed by the Last Post, the silence and Reveille played by Paul Clarke from the Boston Citadel Corps of the Salvation Army.
Yesterday (Sunday 10 November), Remembrance Sunday, the National Service of Remembrance began at 11am, was marked with a service at the war memorial in Memorial Gardens, Boston, a parade to Boston Stump and then to the saluting base outside WH Smiths in Wide Bargate. Troops from RAF Coningsby marched past. The Mayor and council officials were also in attendance.
Armistice Day, today (Monday 11 November), was marked with a service at the war memorial in Memorial Gardens, Boston with readings and the Ode of Remembrance by Don Ransome, President of the Boston and District Branch of the Royal British Legion and the Mayor of Boston, Cllr Anton Dani. Followed by a two minute silence in honour of all those who serviced and lost their lives in the First World War and every conflict since.