Remembrance Sunday, the second Sunday in November, is a time we stand together to reflect on the price of freedom, those who have paid that price, and those who are still paying.
This year, Remembrance Sunday falls on November 10 and as the National Service of Remembrance is held at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, many of us will also be paying our respects at events across the county at 11am.
Here are a few of the services being held across the county.
National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, near Lichfield
An outdoor service of Remembrance will be held on Sunday, November 10, beginning at 10.40am.
An Armistice Day service will also be held on Monday, November 11 on the Armed Forces Memorial.
Sarah Montgomery, managing director of the Arboretum, said: “As the nation’s year round centre of Remembrance, Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday are hugely significant events for the National Memorial Arboretum.
“It welcomes many hundreds of people to the special outdoor services of Remembrance it hosts each November, which conclude with the laying of wreaths on the Armed Forces Memorial — the nation’s tribute to the 16,000 servicemen and women who have died on duty, or as a result of terrorism, since 1948.
“The memorial is designed so that at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month a shaft of sunlight dissects its inner and outer walls and hits the central bronze wreath sculpture; an exceptionally moving sight.
“While many people may consider Remembrance to be about the two World Wars, the Armed Forces Memorial is a stark reminder of the sacrifice made to our country by our Armed Forces in more recent times.
“Since 1945, over 16,000 men and women have been killed on duty, or as a result of terrorism. The monument was dedicated in 2007, and since then, with tragic loss of life in Iraq and Afghanistan, many hundreds of names have been added.”
To apply for a limited number of tickets for the Armistice Day service please download an application form from the website, which should be completed in full and returned to the Arboretum.
Please note that NMA Friends will receive priority booking for this event. As in previous years, the site will be open to non ticket holders who will be most welcome to view the proceedings via a large screen. For more information contact 01283 792 333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
An open air service will be held at the Borough War Memorial in Victoria Square, on Sunday, November 10, with a service attended by the Mayor, Councillor Angela M Loughran and the Mayor's consort, Mr J Loughran. The last post will be played followed by a two minute silence.
A number of wreaths will then be laid as part of the service.
As part of the two minute silence campaign, supported by the Royal British Legion who believe that when 11 November (Armistice Day) falls on days other than Sundays, Remembrance should be brought into the everyday life of the nation on those days as well, a service will also be held on non Monday, November 11 at 11am.
The ceremony held in Market Square, Stafford, will begin at 10.50am with The Mayor’s Sergeant calling those present to order.
The ceremony will include payers said by The Reverend Prebendary Graham Fowell, the last post sounded by a bugler and Homage by the the Stafford Branch of the Royal British Legion and the two minute silence at 11am.
The parade musters at 10am on Sunday, November 10, at the Scout HQ to leave for the Remembrance Gardens on the A34 for 10.45am. There is a short service and crosses laid at Great Wyrley cemetery. Refreshments available at Harrisons Club, Wharwell Lane afterwards.
Also on November 10, a service will be held at St Augustine’s Church at 9.15am, with a parade leaving the Mansfield WMC car park at approximately 10.35am to reach the Cenotaph by 11am for the two minutes silence and wreath laying ceremony.
The Remembrance Sunday Parade will muster at St Peters Square at 10.30am for the two minute silence at 11am and wreath laying.
A Service of Remembrance will take place at the Cenotaph in Kingsway, Stoke, from 10.50am on Sunday, November 10.
Immediately after the Cenotaph service and observance of the two minutes’ silence, a service will be held at Stoke Minster.
At the conclusion of the church service there will be a march past of individuals and organisations with the Lord Mayor taking the salute.
St Mary's Church, Stoke sub Hamdon will also be holding a service. Meet on Ham Hill by the monument for an open-air service for Remembrance Sunday. Please be there by 10.45am ready for a 10.55am start.
Take a look at the video of last year's parade in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent below:
All photography was taken at the 2012 parade in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent by Martin Elliott.