Remembrance commemorations 2018 in Monmouth

For more information about a series of events in November, see www.shirehallmonmouth.org.uk

Monmouth Remembrance Sunday 11th November 2018

As the culmination of 10 days of events in and around Monmouth, the plans for Armistice Day itself are as follows:

10:30am – Shire Hall – ARMISTICE ANNOUNCEMENT

100 years ago the then mayor of Monmouth William Sambrook announced to the town the official end of WW1. Soldiers from the RMRE sang, the union flag was unfurled, a bugler played and the mayor stood on top of a car in Agincourt Square to declare an end to the hostilities. 100 years on we re-create aspects of this event to mark the official start of Remembrance Day.

11am – REMEMBRANCE SERVICE

The Remembrance parade will leave Monnow Bridge at 10.30am and proceed to The Shire Hall, where joined by The Town Mayor, it will proceed to St James Square. All are invited to line the route. The service of Remembrance and two minute silence at the War memorial will be followed by a further service at St Mary’s Priory Church.

2pm – WW1 COSTUMED WALK

Young people from Monmouth step back in time to take on the characters of a variety of Monmouth people. On this one hour walk you will hear the stories of a Lusitania survivor, nurses and soldiers, an army doctor and the Monmouth postmankilled during the Christmas Day truce.(Booking Required. The walk begins at Shire Hall)

7pm – LIGHTING OF COMMEMORATIVE BEACON

After darkness has fallen, Beacons of Light will be lit throughout the United Kingdom in remembrance of the end of the war and the millions who were killed or came home dreadfully wounded. This will also commemorate the huge army of men and women on the home front who underpinned the war effort – keeping the wheels of industry turning and bringing home the harvests. The beacons will symbolise the light of hope that emerged from the darkness of war. The Town Mayor will light one of over 1000 Beacons of Light across the UK. Please look for the Beacon from Monmouth, as access to The Kymin will be closed. Access on foot only to The Kymin, no parking will be available.