Remembrance Sunday 2013
Today is the day when squabbles in the chamber of the Council are put to one side and politicians of all parties come together to pay respects to those who fought for their country in the two World Wars and conflicts since.
Conservative and Labour Councillors came together today with Reading’s two Conservative MPs, representatives of the three Services, veterans and cadets to lay wreaths on the Cenotaph. Afterwards Servicemen and women, veterans and cadets, marched past the Mayor and Commanding Officer of the 7th Rifles.
Reading’s Civic remembrance service is held in Brock Barracks off the Oxford Road. This is a good location in some respects but it is one which is tucked away from many people in the Borough. I have argued for some years that it should be moved to somewhere in the town centre to raise its profile and attract more people. There are a couple of locations including the Forbury Gardens and St Mary’s Butts in front of the Minster church. I was pleased today to have some discussion about the possibility of moving the Civic remembrance service next year to one of the town centre locations.
It is important that ceremonies like Remembrance Services engage not only the militarily-connected community but also the younger generation.
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