We will remember them

TODAY marks Remembrance Sunday, and residents of Crow country are being urged to turn out in force to remember the sacrifices made by those serving our country.

This Sunday, people will gather at war memorials up and down the country to pay tribute to those that have fallen in conflicts around the world.

In Royston, a parade will leave the town’s Royal British Legion (RBL) headquarters, in Queens Road, at 10.25am, arriving at the memorial, in Melbourn Street, in time for a service at 10.45am.

Chris Murphy, from the Royston RBL, said: “Remembrance Sunday is always really well supported in Royston, and we hope that will continue this year. A lot of work goes into making the parade and service as good as it can be.

“I think the work of the legion is just as relevant now as it was when it was set up. There are now six million people who benefit from the legion’s help and support, not just the service people themselves but their families and dependents.”

Mr Murphy added that the legion is there to support those who have fought in recent conflicts such as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as veterans from World War One and World War Two.

“We give them ongoing help and support - it’s not just a quick fix, we’re there for the duration,” he said. “Those fighting in Afghanistan at the moment are very much going to be a part of the legion’s work in the future.”

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The future of the Royston legion’s headquarters was threatened two years ago due to problems with the floor, but thanks to a successful appeal, new flooring is now in place in the main hall and offices.

Mr Murphy said the project had now moved on to phase three, which will involve raising funds to replace flooring in several of the building’s smaller rooms.

Many villages will also play host to remembrance services, while at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, the two-minute silence at 11am will start and finish with a traditional gun salute from The Garrison.

This will be followed at 12.30pm by a remembrance service, where there will be standard bearers from the Royal British Legion and local air cadets.

Admission to the museum on Sunday is free.