This year’s Remembrance Week events were put together by a partnership which included Ross Town Council, Ross & District Branch of Royal British Legion and St Mary’s Church. On behalf of these organisations, we would wish thank everyone that helped to make Remembrance 2022 so very special.
During the week a number of events were held. These including a wreath laying ceremony at the memorial in St Mary’s Churchyard, to mark the 22 Chelsea Pensioners that died in Ross during their evacuation from London during WW2. A wreath laying and commemoration led by Deputy May Cllr Bev Pope, to remember the fallen of both the Korean and Falklands Conflict, an especially poignant moment 40 years on. At this service a wonderful choir from St Joseph’s School helped to make the event especially moving. On Friday 11th November, the Armistice was marked with a short service at the Market Hall attended by Paul Deneen OBE, JP DL and Mayor Cllr Ed O’Driscoll together with Chairman and members of Ross RBL and many townspeople who stood in respectful silence as the Silence was sounded by both Bugle and Maroon.
On Remembrance Sunday, we were blessed with beautiful weather and a fantastic turnout of Serving Personnel, Veterans, Cadets from all three Services. The Prospect was filled and it was hugely moving to see so many people having a chance for a moment of silence to reflect and remember the sacrifice made by so many. This was followed by a Service in St Mary’s which included Readings and Poetry and beautiful music provided by St Mary’s Choir.
Paul Deneen OBE JP DL, said:
“As we all stand here in the Market House in the town of Ross-on-Wye, we do so in peace and safety. Can I also ask you to reflect and think about our friends in the Ukraine at this difficult time.
As part of this Remembrance day we thank all those who currently serve this country. We also remember and thank those who served and had given their ultimate sacrifice of their lives – We will always remember them.
Can I take this opportunity to also thank the Royal British Legion, The Mayor, the Ross-on-Wye Town Council, Town Clerk and staff, together with the Rector and the team at St Mary’s Church and particularly Inspiring Hope for their great support today.
Also to thank all involved with the poppy appeal, as well as thanking those responsible for the excellent display of the poppies on the Market House and around the town.
Above all – Huge thanks to the members of this community who have joined us here today, or who will be joining the remembrance events locally this Sunday at the Prospect and at the Church Service. – much appreciated“