|H.M. The Queen attends the Remembrance Sunday Service at The Cenotaph|
Following the omission to hold a proper Sunday Service of Remembrance at the newly built war memorial last year (which was only saved by a quick witted British Legion member of the public who marked the start of the traditional 2 minute silence, by saluting) the council has belatedly announced that wreaths are be laid on the plinth of Peterborough's war memorial "as part of a service of remembrance to honour those who have lost their lives fighting for their country."
But all is not what it seems.....
The Remembrance Sunday Service is again not being held at the new War Memorial, but in the Cathedral. The whole point of the new war memorial was that it could be used for Remembrance Services, held in the open.
The Mayor Councillor June Stokes, will lead a procession of dignitaries, Freemen of the City, military representatives and guests from the Town Hall on Bridge Street, Peterborough, to the war memorial on Bridge Street for wreaths to be laid on Remembrance Sunday 10th November 2013 at 10.15am.
Instead of holding a public Remembrance Sunday service, so members of the public (of all faiths and creeds) can pay their respects at the War Memorial. Having dropped off the wreaths - as they did last year - the party will scuttle along to Peterborough Cathedral for the actual Service of Remembrance starting at 10.30am.
However during the service within the Cathedral, there will be a two minute silence at 11am which in all other major towns and cities is held out in the open at the local war memorial, and in London, the Monarch and her represenatatives attend the open air Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.
Following the hour long indoor Cathedral service, the procession will return to the Town Hall where a poppy wreath will be placed above the building's Bridge Street entrance to commemorate council members and staff who perished in the two World Wars.
This will be followed by a procession through the city's streets, led by representatives of the army, the Royal British Legion, veteran organisations, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire Hugh Duberly CBE and the Mayor.
HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire and the Mayor will take the salute from a dais, positioned in front of the Town Hall.
The Mayor Councillor Stokes said: "The annual Remembrance Sunday parade is an opportunity for everyone to pay their respects to those who have sacrificed their lives in combat over the years. I hope as many residents as possible join us in marking the dedication of our Armed Forces in the past, present and future.
"I would also urge people to support the annual Poppy Appeal. The appeal provides support to veterans from the two World Wars and their widows as well as younger ex-servicemen and women, injured or wounded in Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflicts."
However when most of the population is at work. On Armistice Day (Monday 11th November 2013) the Mayor will lead another procession of dignitaries, councillors, Freemen of the City, Honorary Aldermen and guests from the Town Hall to the war memorial on Bridge Street for a short service which starts at 10.55am.
Reverend Canon Ian Black will conduct the service which includes the launch of a rocket maroon at 11am to mark the start of a two minute silence. This year, the Mayor has invited the student who wins the interschool poppy wreath making competition to lay their winning wreath.
Students from Ravensthorpe Primary School will also read a poem written by a student about Armistice Day. The service will close with a prayer and blessing.
The council points out that "the war memorial in the precincts of Peterborough Cathedral is also available for quiet reflection every day of the year. Prior to Remembrance Sunday turf trays will be laid which allow people to spend time there."
Access to St Peter’s Road and the Car Haven car park will be closed to vehicles from 6pm on Saturday 9th November 2013 to 2pm on Sunday 10th November 2013.
Memo to Peterborough City Council
This is what is expected of you:
In the United Kingdom, although two minutes of silence are observed on 11 November itself, the main observance is on the second Sunday of November, Remembrance Sunday. Ceremonies are held at local war memorials, usually organised by local branches of the Royal British Legion, an association for ex-servicemen. Typically, poppy wreaths are laid by representatives of the Crown, the armed forces, and local civic leaders, as well as by local organisations including ex-servicemen organisations, cadet forces, the Scouts, Guides, Boys' Brigade, St John Ambulance and the Salvation Army.
The start and end of the silence is often also marked by the firing of an artillery piece. A minute's or two minutes' silence is also frequently incorporated into church services. Further wreath-laying ceremonies are observed at most war memorials across the UK at 11 am on 11 November, led by the Royal British Legion. The beginning and end of the two minutes' silence is often marked in large towns and cities by the firing of ceremonial cannon and many employers and businesses invite their staff and customers to observe the two minutes' silence at 11:00 am
The First Two Minute Silence in London (11 November 1919) was reported in the Manchester Guardian on 12 November 1919: