31 July 2017
Heroes of Passchendaele rememberedClick to enlarge
To mark the centenary of the third Battle of Ypres, Passchendaele the Royal British Legion today, Monday 31 July, held a service of remembrance at Carr Bank Park, to commemorate the lives lost during the battle.
The service was attended by Deputy Mayor Mick Barton as well as other councillors from Mansfield District Council, Hayley Barsby the council's CEO, MP Ben Bradley, ex-service men and women, friends and family.
Prayers were read out and wreaths of poppies were laid down at the Great War Memorial at the green flag award winning park while onlookers bowed their heads to pay tribute to those who fought in the campaign.
The memorial was led by Rev Burgess, the Legion's chaplain, who thanked everyone for showing their support at the end of the service.
Royal British Legion's Joe Martin then read out the names of all those who lost their lives from Mansfield and district after a bugler played the Last Post.
Joe Martin said: "I'd like to thank everyone for taking the time to join us at this service to remember the bravery of those who fought for us 100 years ago."
Deputy Mayor Mick Barton at Mansfield District Council, who laid the first wreath, said: "It was an honour to lay the first wreath in remembrance of all those who fought for our country in this great battle.
"These ceremonies allow us to remember and pay tribute to all the brave service men and women, who have given their lives so that we can have a future.
"It's particularly important that we welcome youngsters to these special memorials so that they can carry on remembering their great, great grandparents for years to come."