FALLEN servicemen past and present will be remembered during Remembrance Sunday services in Wirral this week.
The Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Moira McLaughlin, will join other civic leaders and Cadet Alex MacAulay to represent the borough at this year’s Civic Remembrance commemoration at the Cenotaph in Hamilton Square, Birkenhead.
The Mayor will join former servicemen and women, their families and representatives from the armed forces at the annual ceremony on Sunday, November 13 from 10.55am.
Cllr McLaughlin said: “I am proud to lead the people of Wirral in remembering everyone who has made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
“They have not been forgotten and we will always honour, respect and appreciate their courage.”
Before the service military and other organisations will gather at the south side of Hamilton Square before marching along Hamilton Street to the Cenotaph.
There will then be a service of remembrance where guests will observe a two minute silence at 11.00am, marked by the firing of a ceremonial cannon.
The Mayor will then lead other local representatives to place wreaths at the memorial to remember those who gave their lives in the two World Wars and in conflicts since then.
Music and hymns will be led by the choir of the Priory Parish, Birkenhead and the Salvation Army Band.
Following the service, there will be a parade on Hamilton Street and along the north side of Hamilton Square, accompanied by the St. John Plessington Catholic College Band.
The Hamilton Square ceremony will take place next to a new memorial which was unveiled in September.
The memorial commemorates service men and women who have been awarded the Victoria or George Cross, 1,100 local people killed in action during the Second World War and those who have fallen in other conflicts since 1945.
In Port Sunlight, the newly-renovated village war memorial will be at the centre of a Remembrance ceremony starting at 10.45am.
A full service immediately after will be attended by South Wirral MP Alison McGovern.
More than 4,000 employees of Lever Brothers and associated companies, served in the Great War, and the names of 503 who did not return are inscribed on the village memorial alongside 117 victims of the Second World War.
10.55 am The Cenotaph, Hamilton Square, Birkenhead. A wreath of purple poppies, supported by the RSPCA’s Wirral & Chester branch and endorsed by two local veterinary practices, will also be laid in memory of animals who have served and died in conflict.
10 am Christ Church, Kings Road, Bebington, followed by a service at the Higher Bebington British Legion at noon.
10.15 am St. Barnabas Church, Bromborough
10.30 am St. Oswald’s Church, Bidston.
10.45 am Grange Hill, West Kirby
10.45 am St. Peter’s Church, Lower Village, Heswall, followed by wreath laying at The Cenotaph, Heswall
10.30 for 11 am The Cenotaph, Pasture Road, Moreton,
10.50 for 11am War Memorial, Magazines Promenade, New Brighton
10.00 Short service at St. Stephen’s Church followed by 10.45 am War Memorial at Junction of Osmaston Road and Prenton Lane, Prenton
10.45 am War Memorial outside the Public Library, Ford Road, Upton
10.45 am War Memorial, Port Sunlight Village followed by a service at Christ Church, Port Sunlight Village.
10.45am Highfield Church, Rock Lane West, Rock Ferry. The church will also be open between 10.30 and 11.30am on November 11 for anyone to drop in for their own quiet remembering
2.40 for 2.45pm Service at the War Memorial, Thornton Hough