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Poignant tributes of remembrance

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IT WAS a day to honour the great sacrifice of so many people from the Portsmouth area.

Hundreds gathered in Guildhall Square to pay their respects to the people who lost their lives in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

This year’s Remembrance Sunday fell on Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the hostilities in the First World War at 11am in 1918.

The Royal Marines Band led a parade of serving military personnel and youth organisations, including Portsmouth Sea Cadets, Royal Marine Volunteer Cadet Corps, Air Training Corps, HMS King Alfred, the Territorial Army and the Army Cadet Force.

Ex-service military associations, including the Royal British Legion, were led by the Salvation Army Band and the Corps of Drums.

The service of remembrance was led by The Very Reverend David Brindley, of Portsmouth’s Anglican Cathedral, and The Reverend Canon David Hopgood, of the city’s Roman Catholic Cathedral.

A gun from HMS Nelson fired at 11am as silence fell across the city for two minutes. Poppy wreathes were laid by dignitaries, including the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Frank Jonas.

He said: ‘It is right that we should remember with gratitude the sacrifice of the great multitude of men and women, fellow countrymen and fellow citizens of ours, who suffered and died in wars and conflicts past and present.’

He called for a world where we all ‘acknowledge one another as true brothers and sisters’ and war shall be no more. Jean Louth, of Portsmouth World War Two Memorial Fund, said: ‘We will remember them.’ Wreaths were also laid at the Naval Memorial on Southsea Common by The Royal British Legion Riders Branch.

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