Local communities mark Remembrance Day

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Every year at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, a two minute silence is held to mark the end of the First World War. It is the time we all join together to remember all those who bravely sacrificed their lives in service of their country.

In many branches across the region - including Manningtree and Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex - colleagues took part in services and layed wreaths to recognise those who sacrificed their lives in service of their country. 

Tony Playle, Funeral Manager at the East of England Co-op Funeral Services, said: "Remembrance Day is a time for us to join together to ensure the sacrifices of many brave individuals are never forgotten. 

"My colleagues and I are honoured to have been invited to be part of so many Remembrance Services this year. We were also very pleased to be able to provide the Order of Service for many of these services."

This year, to mark Remembrance Day, the East of England Co-op Funeral Services also paid their respects with poignant window displays, featuring hand made poppies from local schools as well as war memories supplied by members of the local community. 

Aaron Farrell, Funeral Director at Meredith Greengrass and his team visited Stowmarket residential care homes personally to talk to residents and asked them to share their memories. 

Aaron said: "This year we wanted to help mark Remembrance Day by sharing memories in our community. Our branches are right in the centre of Stowmarket so our poppy and postcard displays were a fascinating insight of a poignant time in our history, as well as an opportunity for local people to pay their respects."