South Oxfordshire will pay its respects and remember the sacrifices of servicemen and women in a two-minute silence this Remembrance Day.

Observed every year since 1919, Remembrance Day is marked on the anniversary of the end of World War I on November 11.

Remembrance Sunday falls on the second Sunday of November which means that it will be observed on November 12.

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Services are being planned across the south of the county to commemorate the contribution of the Armed Forces and their families from Britain and the Commonwealth.

In Abingdon, a service will be held in St Helen’s Church, East St Helen Street at 10am.

After the service, an act of remembrance will take place at the war memorial at 11am, where a ceremony and the laying of wreaths will go ahead.

Abingdon councillors, representatives from the British Legion, armed forces, clubs, societies and civic leaders will come together for the service.

Didcot will host its annual remembrance parade and service, with the parade set to march down Broadway from Edinburgh Drive at approximately 2.40pm.

The service will take place at around 3pm at Smallbone Recreation Ground.

Spectators are welcome and refreshments will be available at Didcot Civic Hall after the service.

Wallingford town centre is set to see its annual remembrance parade and service.

The parade will leave Goldsmith Lane Car park at approximately 10.50am, with the bugler sounding the last post at around 10.58am, followed by silence at 11am and the service finishing at 11.30am.

The remembrance service will take place at the war memorial in the market place with a parade by marching groups, the bugler sounding and a fly past.

This will be followed with the readings of the names on the war memorial followed by the wreath laying which is usually done by the mayor of Wallingford, deputy lieutenant, Freeman (Army and RAF), deputy police commissioner, members of parliament, Royal British Legion, Oxfordshire County Council and the district council.

Wallingford Town Council has announced, with the object of keeping the market place as quiet as possible during the customary remembrance service, the market place will be closed to traffic from approximately 10am to 12pm on this day.

The mayor, councillors and town clerk will gather on Henley Town Hall steps, led out by the town sergeant James Churchill Coleman shortly before 11am.

The Mayor’s Chaplain, Father Jeremy Tayler, Rector of St Mary’s, will start the service shortly afterwards.

Prayers will be led by Father Jeremy in addition to the Mayoral Address there will be readings from the Town Clerk, Sheridan Jacklin-Edward and the Mayor’s Cadet, before the Laying on of Wreaths.

Wreaths will be laid on the Town Hall steps.

After the service ends, participants will parade around the Town Hall and market place.

The mayor will then welcome all attendees to a reception in the Town Hall.

The public of Dorchester are invited to a remembrance ceremony at the town’s war memorial.

Proceedings will begin at 10am, with hymns and the national anthem being played alongside.


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

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