Communities come together to remember their war dead

Remembrance service and wreath laying at the Mildenhall war memorial.
Remembrance service and wreath laying at the Mildenhall war memorial.
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COMMUNITIES gathered in towns and villages across East Anglia today to remember the fallen of a century of wars.

Many businesses joined in the two minutes silence observed by those able to attend the ceremonies at war memorials and in public squares at 11am on 11/11/11, 93 years to the minute after the World War I ended.

In Bury St Edmunds, those gathered at the war memorial in Angel Hill recalled not just the those who had died in two world wars but Senior Airman Luke Southgate from the town, who died in Afghanistan in 2010. Two more Suffolk soldiers killed in Afghanistan were remembered in their home towns: Lance Corporal Adam Drane of Stanningfield, who died in 2009, and Lance Corporal Jo Woodgate who died there in 2010.

In Mildenhall, the main A1101 was closed while the town’s Remembrance Ceremony was held at the war memorial in Kingsway. It was followed by a service in St Mary’s Church.

Not all gatherings were at war memorials. In Brandon the town’s 89 war dead were remembered at a gathering in the town’s Market Place this morning, attended by children from the neighbouring Forest School. A ceremony followed by a church service will be held at the town’s war memorial on Sunday afternoon.

Remembrance Sunday will see many more services, the largest being at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, which follows a wreath laying at the war memorial at 10.55am. For details of other services, see today’s Bury Free Press.