Ilkeston - A Week Of Remembrance
w/e 13 November 2016
All of this week's pictures were
taken with a Kodak DX6490
November is a month of remembrance and it began with
bonfires and fireworks recalling Guy Fawkes attempt in 1605 to
blow up the Houses of Parliament encapsulated in the rhyme "Remember,
remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot."
Many people, especially Americans, will remember November 9th
2016 as it was the day they woke up to find out who they had
elected as their 45th President but it is the eleventh day of
the eleventh month that is marked on calendars as Armistice Day.
That is the day each year as well as Remembrance Sunday which
this year fell on the 13th that we remember the sacrifice made
by thousands of men and women in two World Wars and other conflicts
to protect the freedom we enjoy today.
In fact in Ilkeston, short services and Acts of Remembrance have
been held all week. On Tuesday a service in Kirk Hallam Church
was followed by the laying of crosses on military war graves
by children from the Ladywood Primary School.
The Mayor of Erewash who addressed the children and spoke of
the "futility of war" was also in attendance together
with members of the Royal British Legion.
From Kirk Hallam the Mayor and the British Legion members made
their way immediately to the Stanton Road Cemetery in Ilkeston.
A short service was held and another Act of Remembrance took
place with the laying of wreathes to remember all those who had
given their lives in military conflicts.
Earlier in the morning on the same day (Tuesday), the War Memorial
in Park Cemetery had been the setting for a similar Act of Remembrance.
Here the crosses around the memorial had been laid by children
from Chaucer Junior School.
On Thursday it was the turn of Hallam Fields Junior School to
take part in a similar Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial
in the grounds of The Stute in the Hallam Fields area of the
In the presence of representatives of the Royal British Legion,
a short service was conducted by the Rev. Bill Enoch and crosses
were laid on the memorial by the children as local historian
Danny Corns read out the names of those from Hallam Fields that
had lost their lives. Erewash MP Maggie Throup then laid a poppy
wreath on the memorial.
Friday was Armistice Day itself, the 11th of November and Royal
British Legion representatives were joined around the town's
main War Memorial on the Market Place by other Veterans and members
of the general public for a short service of remembrance.
As the church clock struck eleven, flags were lowered and heads
were bowed as everyone stood in solemn silence for two minutes
as a mark of respect. Many of the same people would reassemble
two days later on Remembrance Sunday.
And on Remembrance Sunday there were even more people in the
Market Place as Army and Air Force Cadets along with other youth
groups paraded with Veterans to commemorate the day.
One hundred years after the Battle of the Somme and the Battle
of Jutland, those who fought for our freedom were never far from
our thoughts as we paused again in silence at eleven o'clock
to respect their sacrifice. At the conclusion of the service
the assembled groups marched behind Ilkeston Brass to bring the
week of remembrance for 2016 to a close.