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Hundreds pay respects at Gravesend Remembrance Day service

PUBLISHED: 12:24 12 November 2012

Line up at the war memorial

Line up at the war memorial

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Several hundred people spilled out from Windmill Hill Memorial Gardens into the adjoining road to mark a moment of silence for the fallen on Sunday.

The Royal British Legion’s Remembrance Day service saw crowds gathering from 10am onwards for the traditional firing of a maroon sounding the eleventh hour of November 11, followed by a trumpeter’s rendition of The Last Post ringing out across the park.

A parade into the gardens included the Gravesend Sea Cadets, the Army Cadet Force, 402 Squadron Air Training Corps, Gravesend and District Scout Association and Girl Guide Association, St John Ambulance Brigade, British Red Cross and the Mayor of Gravesham Lyn Milner.

Music was provided by the Gravesend Borough Band, with Christ Church Choir leading the hymns.

Among the crowds was Dorothy Cheney, from Gravesend, who comes every year to remember her late husband.

“My husband was in the army. These are all his medals. He won a Distinguished Service Cross three times. I come down to remember him and all those who didn’t come back,” she said.

Former serviceman James Enock, also from Gravesend, took part in the Royal British Legion Bikers parade.

He said: “It means a lot. I come from quite a military family. I served in the 1st Battalion The Queen’s Regiment as did my brother, dad and grandfather.”

Dad Mark Gomar, from Meopham, said: “My son is in the army cadets. It is very important to keep doing this, to keep remembering and to support those serving out there.”

Past and present members of the forces as well as members of the public came forward to lay wreaths at the War Memorial, including youngest participants Emily Fuller and Tyler Rees, both seven, from Riverview Junior School.

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