Respect for fallen at Christmas

Evesham Journal: MARCH: Commanding officer Steve Thomas leads the parade of Pershore Sea Cadets and St John Ambulance Brigade. MARCH: Commanding officer Steve Thomas leads the parade of Pershore Sea Cadets and St John Ambulance Brigade.

SPECIAL wreaths were laid in honour of fallen troops as Pershore came together to pay its respects.

The Royal British Legion was joined by the Pershore and District Royal Naval Association for its Christmas Service of Remembrance at the cross of sacrifice in Pershore Cemetery.

The town’s cadets placed poppy crosses at each of the war graves honouring the fallen of two world wars. The association’s secretary Trudy Burge laid three special wreaths on the graves of Canadian soldiers, with whose families she is in regular contact.

Mrs Burge said: “It’s a simple but poignant ceremony and I know how grateful people are that we still take the time to hold these services of remembrance year after year.” The tradition dates back to 1945 and is held every Christmas.

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