Local people will gather to pay their respects to all those who have lost their lives in the two World Wars and since 1945 up to the present day. Once again a very large public attendance is expected.
It will be a particularly poignant event this year as it marks the 100th anniversary of 2 significant battles in WW1. The Naval Battle of Jutland which resulted in the loss of 6000 Naval Personnel and the battle of The Somme which was one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War which saw more than one million men wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history. The first day on the Somme was, in terms of casualties, also the worst day in the history of the British army, which suffered 57,470 casualties.
The event will start with a parade from Saturday Market Place along St James’s Street to the Tower Gardens. The parade will be led by veterans from all three armed services and any veteran wishing to be included in this should arrive at Saturday Market Place by 10.15am.
The Mayor, Cllr David Whitby, will lead a procession of civic representatives from the Town Hall to the War Memorial where he, along with representatives from various organisations, will lay a wreath. Over 50 wreaths will be laid this year, following which prayers will be led by The Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick, Bishop of Lynn.
The King’s Lynn Town Band will play solemn music in the Tower Gardens from 10.45am and the civic procession will leave from the Town Hall at 10.48 am, followed by the general procession, consisting of members of the Royal British Legion, a contingent from Royal Air Force Marham, and members of the Sea, Army, Air, and Police Cadet Forces.
The bugler will play The Last Post, signalling the beginning of the two-minute silence and the start of the ceremony at 11 am.
Following the ceremony, at approximately 11.45 am, the civic procession will parade to King’s Lynn Minster, where a service will be conducted by the Reverend Canon Christopher Ivory.
Elsewhere in the borough, wreaths will be laid to mark the occasion.