Thousands of people turned out in towns and villages across South Holland to honour those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
The dead of two world wars and those from other conflicts, including the present day fighting in Afghanistan, were remembered by young and old. Veterans from the Second World War and Korea were among the ranks of those paying their respects.
The Vicar of Spalding, the Rev John Bennett, led the service in Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Gardens.
He said it’s always extraordinary when he stands by the war memorial and looks across the Peace Garden and sees just how many people are gathered there.
“You get a sense of how important it is to the town to keep this commemoration,” he said.
Mr Bennett said the wreath laying is always moving and particularly so when members of the public lay their small crosses to remember loved ones, some who have been lost in recent conflicts.
He is waiting for a day when such wars are over and there is no need to keep remembering people killed in modern times.
Spalding’s Parade from Market Place to Ayscoughfee featured the Fenland Marching Band Girls’ and Boys’ Brigade of Spalding Baptist Church and Spalding March Ambassadors.
South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes and district council chairman Francis Biggadike were among those attending the traditional morning parade and service in Spalding and the afternoon parade and service in Holbeach.
Coun Biggadike said both went “fantastically well” and he was pleased to see so many children and schools involved.
“Unless we involve children, it will be difficult to carry on in the manner we have for the last 70-odd years or more,” he said.
Coun Biggadike also had thoughts for families who are remembering loved ones lost in recent times.
“Troops are on the ground in danger every day now,” he said. “We did go through a period – not long – when things were reasonably stable. Now there seems to be trouble all over the world.”