Monday, 12 November 2012

Remembrance Sunday

For the first time in many years, Remembrance Sunday fell on the actual date of Armistice Day.

MWNN wanted to attend the ceremony in Southwold, but that would have left me kicking my heels alone at Dairy Barns until about 1pm, so he set off at 9.30 and was with me by 11am.

Ron at Sea Palling

Thinking we'd missed any local services, we walked on Sea Palling beach for a while before heading 'homewards' via Caister on Sea and Great Yarmouth, where we thought we might stop for lunch.

Offshore wind farm in the distance

We were both a bit shocked when we saw the wind farm offshore at Caister on Sea. It's a beautiful sandy beach and the farm is definately a blot on the seascape.

We spent a long time watching the lifeboat crew struggling to get the boat on the trailer using shovels and, eventually, the tractor's winch.

Standard Bearers

As we passed the Far East Prisoners of War memorial on Great Yarmouth's Promenade at 1pm, we spotted a gathering and stopped to take part in the second memorial service of the day in the town.

The music for the service was provided by members of Broadlands Brass.

Royal Marines Band

While the emphasis was on remembering the Far East prisoners of the second world war, there was due deference made by the Association's Chaplain to all  service personnel from all major conflicts. A 91 year old survivor of a Far East prisoner of war camp read the Association Prayer and concluded the service by saying "It’s so pleasant to see the number of standard bearers present and in the corner the young cubs. Thank you all for coming.

Far East Prisoner of War Association Prayer

And we that are left grown old with the years remembering the heartache, the pain and the tears; hoping and praying that never again man will sink to such sorrow and shame. The price that was paid we will always remember every day, every month not just in November.