Local Bishops will pay tribute to all those who served in the two World Wars and later conflicts alongside communities in Winchester, Southampton and Andover.
The Right Reverend Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester, the Right Reverend Jonathan Frost, Bishop of Southampton and the Right Reverend David Williams, Bishop of Basingstoke, will each commemorate the contribution of those military and civilian men and women who have served their country in conflicts during the last century at services across Hampshire on Remembrance Sunday.
Bishop Tim Dakin will attend the Remembrance Sunday Service at Winchester Cathedral, with the address to be given by General the Lord Dannatt, after which the Bishop will join other local representatives to lay wreaths at Winchester’s war memorial.
Bishop Tim said:
“The annual service of remembrance is important to people across Winchester. In the presence of God we will give thanks for all those who have given their lives and their health that we might live in freedom. We will also pray for those from this Diocese who are serving in the Armed Forces, remembering their families and communities.”
Bishop Jonathan Frost will join the Mayor of Southampton and local people for the Remembrance Service at Southampton Cenotaph.
Bishop Jonathan said:
“We owe more than we can say to the men and women who gave their lives in the service of our country. We will remember them, their families and loved ones, before God on Remembrance Sunday and commit ourselves to the continuing work of peace and reconciliation.”
Bishop David will be at St Mary’s Church in Andover for a service followed by the Act of Remembrance at the Andover War Memorial. He will join civic and military leaders for a reception at the Guildhall following the ceremony.
Bishop David said:
“I am profoundly aware that 100 years ago during the First World War and 75 years ago during the Battle of Britain men and women of Hampshire sacrificed their lives for the sake of our future. Today Andover hosts the British Army Headquarters and the Act of Remembrance includes the poignant reality that service personnel continue to serve and sometimes that involves sacrificing their wellbeing or even their lives.”
Photographs of last year’s wreath-laying at Winchester Cathedral are available to download here.
Below is a video which the national Church has created to mark Remembrance Sunday.