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Hundreds gather for Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Gloucester Park

By RupertJ  |  Posted: November 11, 2012

  • Poppies at the Cenotaph in Gloucester Park

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Servicemen and women, war veterans and the general public from across the generations congregated in Gloucester to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday.

Under cloudless skies at the Cenotaph in Gloucester Park, several hundred people observed a minute's silence to mark fallen heroes and support our Armed Forces.

Police closed roads around the park as prayers were uttered and local dignitaries laid wreaths of poppies at the foot of the monument.

Among those attending was seven-year-old Lance Hawkins from Quedgeley, whose father Steven is currently serving in the Parachute Regiment in Afghanistan.

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Lance was proudly wearing his great-grandfathers war medals from his service in the Eighth Army in the Second World War. Mum Karen said: "Lance makes us very proud. He understands what's going on and is really proud of his dad - even though he's away a lot he knows how important his father's job is."

Also there was 75-year-old Brian Mince from Tredworth, who was representing the National Service RAF Association. He said: "I think it's really important to pay our respects to those in our Armed Forces - not just servicemen from the older generation but also to support our troops serving overseas at the moment. I hope it's all over soon and that they come home."

Damien Gaze, 29 from Tredworth, was also at the service and is a former soldier in the 1 Rifles Regiment. He said: "I have several friends who have died in service - Martin Lamb, Steve Kingscott and Chris Read - and I'm here to remember them, to pay my respects and to try and make sure that everyone else who isn't here remembers too. It's important, whether you support the politics or not."

Sgt Grant Bowden, 29 from Hempsted, was also there along with his two sons Rhys, seven, and Jacob, five.

He said: "I've just got back from Afghanistan in May - I've lost friends in action.

"It's partly for them but it's also a generation thing - I'd like my boys to keep up the traditions of remembrance and value what people have done in the past."

For more photos of the day go to http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/pictures/Remebrance-Sunday-Cenotaph-Gloucester-Park_2012/pictures-17293107-detail/pictures.html

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