THOUSANDS of people gathered in towns and villages across the Observer patch yesterday (Sunday) to pay their respects to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
In Bishop’s Stortford, more than 3,000 people assembled in Castle Gardens and along The Causeway for the annual Remembrance service.
The traditional parade set off from Link Road car park at 10.30am and made its way to the memorial where wreaths were laid and the two-minute silence was observed.
Town Council chief executive James Parker said: “It’s a very fitting tribute and it was nice to see so many people in Bishop’s Stortford turning out to pay their respects.”
Sawbridgeworth’s tribute took place in the afternoon and saw a procession march from Bell Street to Great St Mary’s Church for the wreath laying and commemoration at the memorial.
The 1st Much Hadham Cubs and Scouts marked the occasion by releasing 1,000 balloons in the grounds of St Andrew’s Primary School after the village’s main service, which included prayers by the memorial in High Street.
Remembrance services were also held in Stansted, Dunmow, Thaxted and villages across East Herts.
At the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, members of the public were joined by veterans, serving Armed Forces personnel and hundreds of motorcyclists from the Royal British Legion Bikers Branch.
The two-minute silence was signified by a traditional gun salute by The Garrison and families were invited to take part in poppy-making activities and try on army combat equipment.
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