Eastbourne will remember all those who have lost their lives in wartime conflict as part of its annual Service of Remembrance on Sunday 14 November, at the War Memorial.
Beginning with a parade at 10.25am from Terminus Road, representatives from the military, ex-service personnel, emergency services and other organisations will lead the procession along Cornfield Road to the War Memorial.
The parade will then be joined by Eastbourne mayor Councillor Pat Rodohan together with Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell and representatives from both Eastbourne Borough Council and East Sussex County Council.
A thanksgiving service will be accompanied by musicians from the Eastbourne Citadel Salvation Army Band and the Scottish Pipe Band. The service will include a two minutes’ silence at 11am and the official wreath laying.
The commemoration event concludes with the continuation of the parade by ex-military personnel past the war memorial via South Street. To facilitate the event, a number of road closures will be put in place between 10am and 1pm.
Eastbourne mayor Councillor Pat Rodohan said, “The Remembrance Service in Eastbourne is always very well supported and is a chance for individuals and the community to honour those who serve and sacrifice to defend our great nation and our way of life as well as those who gave their today for our tomorrow.
“It is the time to remember the service and sacrifice of so many, who came from all walks of life and from every background, whether they served 100 years ago or today.
“The act of remembering reminds us that we must all continue to strive for a better more peaceful future.
“Due to Covid-19 the service was held only in a virtual setting last year, but I hope people will return this year to remember the sacrifices of former and serving service men and women.”
Other Remembrance Services
A Remembrance Service will take place at Hampden Park War Memorial on Thursday 11 November from 10.45am.
A Remembrance Service is also taking place at the Ruthless Memorial at Butts Brow on Sunday 14 November at 3pm to commemorate the crew of the WWII American liberator bomber, Ruthless, which crashed on the downland.
Led by the Royal British Legion, the service will be conducted by Deacon Sue Wilkinson and attended by John Pritchett from Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council, the mayor of Eastbourne Councillor Pat Rodohan and other civic dignitaries.
Eastbourne Silver Band will lead a free Concert of Remembrance and Thanksgiving – including a tribute to all frontline workers – at Our Lady of Ransom Church on Sunday 7 November at 2.30pm.
For more information visit: https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/remembrance-events/remembrance-sunday