Weymouth’s Remembrance Sunday – all you need to know
On Sunday 12th November, the Mayor of Weymouth, Cllr Kate Wheller will be joined by her Chaplain, Rev’d Betty Port, veterans, councillors, and members of the Armed Forces for a service of remembrance.
The service will be at the Cenotaph on Weymouth Promenade from 10.55am on Remembrance Sunday and provides an opportunity to come together to remember the service and sacrifice of all those who defend our freedoms and protect our way of life.
At 11am, members of the Nothe Fort Garrison will fire the first cannon from the beach, signalling the start of the two-minute silence, followed by a second at 11.02am to mark the end. There will be a wreath laying service at the Cenotaph followed by a parade along the Esplanade to the US Memorial Service where a short wreath laying ceremony will also take place.
Weymouth Town Council and the Friends of Greenhill Gardens has also worked with a local resident to help fund and support towards an interpretation board that was installed at Greenhill Gardens. It honours the memory of US soldiers who descended the steps at the gardens as they made their way to board the boats bound for Normandy. For more details visit Fallen soldiers remembered at Greenhill Gardens – Weymouth Town Council | Weymouth Town Council
Mayor of Weymouth, Cllr Kate Wheller, said: “I am honoured to lay a wreath on behalf of the Town Council and the people of Weymouth at the service of Remembrance this Sunday. This is a time to pay tribute to those who courageously fight and lay down their lives; their sacrifices must never be forgotten.
“This is always a particularly poignant occasion with Weymouth’s proud history with all our Armed Forces. And I’m grateful to local resident Tim Goodwin and the Friends of Greenhill Gardens for bringing another piece of this history to life which people can see at Greenhill Gardens. A new interpretation board has been installed ahead of Remembrance Sunday to remember those US soldiers who made their way down the steps and along the seafront before leaving our shores for France all those years ago in 1944.”
The Esplanade from William Street to King Street will be closed to traffic from 10am until 12pm approximately. Traffic diversions will also be in effect from 12pm until approximately 12.30pm along The Esplanade between King Street and the Kings Statue for the US Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony. Local diversions will be fully signed and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.
No parking will be allowed between Lennox Street to Astrid Way by the Pier Bandstand and the loading bay adjacent Enzo’s Restaurant between 8am and 12pm. All vehicles removed from the route will be located at the Swannery car park.
Cannon fire noise
People attending the service at Weymouth’s Cenotaph are pre-warned that the cannon fire will be loud!
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