Children planted crosses by the graves of war heroes and wreaths were laid at the Grantham cemetery memorial during the annual remembrance service today.
The pupils from St Anne’s Primary School also sang during a service attended by past and present members of the armed forces, the Mayor and Mayoress of Grantham and Royal British Legion volunteers.
Members of the public also watched the service led by the Rev David Shenton, vicar of St Anne’s Church, who said: “It was lovely as always. It is only the second year that the children have sung. And there is an intergenerational theme with the children meeting the veterans. The children stand alongside and remember those to whom we all owe our lives.”
The importance of bringing the generations together was also recognised by Jody Murfin, assistant headteacher of St Anne’s, who said: “It is very nice for the children to come to the cemetery and be part of this community event, and to have the chance to talk to the veterans.”
The first wreath was laid by Mayor Ian Selby, who said: “I laid the wreath on behalf of the people of Grantham to give heartfelt thanks and gratitude to those who died and to those who are still suffering as a result of conflict.
“It was heartwarming to see the contribution of the children at this service.”
Don Mackay, President of the Royal British Legion’s Grantham branch, read ‘We will remember them’ from Laurence Binyon’s ‘For The Fallen’, before a two minutes silence.
Poppy appeal organiser for the Royal British Legion, Grace Knightall, described the service as ‘wonderful’ and added: “This year’s poppy appeal has been going very well. I think there is added interest this year with the anniversary, but the people of Grantham are always generous.”