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People pay their respects at Wiltshire’s First World War Commemoration Event

People pay their respects at Wiltshire’s First World War Commemoration Event

People from across the county came out today (July 30) to show their respects and to pay tribute to Wiltshire’s fallen soldiers at a special First World War Commemoration Event.
Wiltshire Council and the military worked together to deliver this special event, which took place at Tidworth Military Cemetery. Wiltshire communities were provided with a unique opportunity to come together to recognise and remember the sacrifice made by 10,000 armed forces personnel who lost their lives during the First World War.
Each fallen soldier was represented on a named cross and placed on a wall of remembrance which provided the focus for the service. The crosses were made by thousands of local school children across the county and each soldier’s name was meticulously researched. There were also school children at the event with some placing crosses on the wall of remembrance.
Tidworth Military Cemetery was chosen as an appropriate location for today’s event as it has more than four hundred (417) First World War graves.
Wiltshire Council leader, Jane Scott, said: “This was a really unique event and I’d like to thank everyone who came to the cemetery today to show their respects and be part of the remembrance ceremony.
“The wall of remembrance was particularly poignant and portrayed how many people sacrificed their life in the First World War. The school children, who helped put the wall together did a fantastic job and I would thank them for their hard work.
“We must never forget the sacrifice made by so many to preserve our freedom and I hope today will be a lasting memory for all who attended. It certainly will be for me.”
Brigadier Piers Hankinson Commander 43 (Wessex) Brigade said: ”It shows the strength of the relationship between the military and the community in Wiltshire that we have come here today to remember those who died and it is very poignant.
“And I think the location is really important – this is Tidworth Military Cemetery – and there are more than 500 graves here from the First and Second World Wars primarily for soldiers, internationally not just British, so Canadian, Australian and New Zealanders who died on Salisbury Plain whilst training and preparing to go to war – so there is huge legacy here.”
Throughout this period of remembrance of the First World War (2014 – 2018), Wiltshire Council is working with the MoD on a number of projects and initiatives. Many communities will be hosting their own events and the council and MoD will provide support, if required. The council is also helping schools and people with research on this Great War to help raise awareness and educate on the impact that it had on Wiltshire.
For more information about other First World War projects and initiatives people should call 01225 713152 or email events@wiltshire.gov.uk


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