An estimated 1200 people gathered at the St Stephen Parish War Memorial to attend Remembrance Day Parade and Service in the afternoon of Sunday 11 November 2018. The parade was led by Harpenden Pipe Band, with the Guides having the honour of carrying the Union and Simon Getley, formerly of the Grenadier Guards, acting as Parade Marshall.
Councillor Brian Gibbard, Deputy Mayor of St Albans City and District Council, Parish, District and County Councillors joined more than 400 participants, including serving members of the forces, families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, representatives from local cadets, youth groups, schools, churches, residents associations, local organisations and veterans, on the parade. 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 and to remember particularly those who lost their lives during the First World War which had ended exactly 100 years earlier. Following the two minute silence more than thirty wreaths were laid at the War Memorial and a cadet from the Beds & Herts Army cadets read the names of the fallen of the Parish. A special wreath commemorating the end of World War 1 was laid by Cllr Ian Getley.
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, with the route being lined on both sides of the road by members of the public.
Councillor Kerry commented
‘This has been our largest Remembrance Service to date with more wreaths being laid 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.
The Armistice which brought the First World War to an end was signed on 11 November 1918 and we remembered all those who were lost during that conflict with the laying of the commemorative centenary wreath.’
Councillor Kerry extended her sincere thanks to all those who participated in what was a very memorable occasion.