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REMEMBRANCE COMMEMORATIONS IN BURGESS HILL

 
Burgess Hill will hold its annual Remembrance Day Parade and service at the War Memorial and St John’s Church on Sunday 13 November.  The parade to the War Memorial will commence at 10.25 hours from the rear of Cyprus Road Car Park and after the wreath laying at the War Memorial there will be a Service of Remembrance at St John’s Church.  
 
On Armistice Day, Friday 11 November at 11am, Burgess Hill Town Council and the Royal British Legion Burgess Hill Branch will jointly commemorate the event.  The ceremony has now been established on an annual basis, very much in line with the national trend.
 
The Town Councillors, Royal British Legion Colour Party, Town Council staff and local school children will march from the Help Point in Church Walk to the War Memorial on Friday, 11 November commencing at 10.50 hours.  
This will be followed by 2 minutes silence at 11.00 hours, after which there will be a short ceremony to remember all the animals that served, suffered and died alongside the British, Commonwealth and Allied forces in the wars and conflicts of the 20th century.
 
Burgess Hill Town Council’s Help Point will be hosting the People’s Wreath for members of the public to donate their poppy to the wreath.  The wreath will be placed on the War Memorial on Armistice Day, Friday 11 November.  If you would like to donate your poppy please call into the Help Point at 96 Church Walk, Burgess Hill from Monday 31 October.
 
Residents and businesses are invited to join both ceremonies at the War Memorial. Service sheets can be downloaded from the Town Council’s web site at www.burgesshill.gov.uk.
 
Town Mayor, Jacqui Landriani, said: “The Remembrance Commemorations in Burgess Hill are important to the local community.  It is vital that we preserve these events as opportunities for our community, including our young people, to pay their respects to those who gave their lives for others.  We need to help future generations to learn about, and understand, the importance of the sacrifices that were made.
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“I am delighted that local school children will be joining the Armistice Day commemorations from Birchwood Grove CP School, Burgess Hill Academy, Burgess Hill Girls, London Meed CP School, Manor Field Primary School, Sheddingdean CP School, Southway Junior School, St Paul’s Catholic College and St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School.”
 
A spokesperson for the Royal British Legion said: “We are pleased to be joining forces with the Town Council again this year to mark both the Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday events.  Any ex-service men or women who would like to take part are very welcome to join us”.