An estimated 1000 people attended the annual Remembrance Day Parade and Service held in Park Street on Sunday 12 November. The afternoon started with a parade of standards along Park Street by more than 400 young people from the local Cadet Forces, Guiding and Scouting Units, led by Harpenden Pipe Band.
Revd Kylie Hodgins of St Luke’s Church, Bricket Wood, led the service to pay tribute to the fallen of both World Wars and more recent conflicts.
Councillor Jamie Day, Deputy Mayor of St Albans City and District Council joined Parish, District and County Councillors, families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, representatives from local cadets, youth groups, schools, churches, residents associations, local organisations and veteran servicemen on the parade. Following the two minute silence more than thirty wreaths were laid at the War Memorial while a lone piper played Flowers of the Forest. A special wreath dedicated to the memory of those who fell at Passchendaele in 1917 was laid by Cllr Ian Getley.
The Scouts had the honour of providing the colour party this year, with Francesca Spicer‑Thornton, 1st Park Street Scout Group, carrying the Union Flag escorted by Xander MacMillan, 1st Bricket Wood/4th North Watford Scout Group and Kristian Tunstall, 1st St Albans Scout Group. Simon Getley, formerly of the Grenadier Guards, acted as Parade Marshall.
Councillor Dorothy Kerry, Parish Council Chair took the salute from the parade on the march back along Park Street at the end of the service The parade was again led by Harpenden Pipe Band, playing ‘Black Bear’, and the parade route was lined on both sides of the road by members of the public.
Councillor Kerry commented
‘This has been our largest Remembrance Service to date and the local youth groups and cadet forces have paraded more standards than ever before. It is wonderful to see the community come together to pay tribute to those who have given their lives not only in the two World Wars but in the more recent conflicts as well.
Members of the public, veterans and families of those lost joined us to pay our respects and this year a special wreath was laid dedicated to those who lost their lives at Passchendaele in 1917.’
Councillor Kerry extended her sincere thanks to all those who participated in what was a very memorable occasion.