Soldiers will join veterans, community leaders and members of the public to pay their respects at Remembrance Sunday services in Suffolk and Essex.
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Troops from 16 Air Assault Brigade will be on parade in towns and villages near their bases in Colchester, Wattisham and Woodbridge.
16 Air Assault Brigade senior chaplain Reverend Alan Steele MBE said: “On Remembrance Sunday, we remember with gratitude the young men and women who have given their lives in the service of the Crown and the nation.
“We honour those who lost their lives, not only in the First and Second World Wars, but also in the conflicts of more recent years.
“We are deeply thankful for the benefits which our communities, towns and villages, and each one of us, enjoy because of their sacrifice.”
In Ipswich, a parade led by 4 Regiment Army Air Corps will be held in the town centre before the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Christchurch Park at 10.55am.
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This year, for the first time, 100 crosses with pictures of some of those who have been killed in action over the last century will be placed in sandboxes beside the memorial before the service starts.
Ipswich mayor Glen Chisholm said: “The service shows Ipswich’s resolve never to forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.”
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Elsewhere, Trinity Methodist Church is hosting Felixstowe’s Civic Remembrance Service at 9.45am on Sunday, a civic parade starts at Market Place, Saxmundham, at 2.15pm and a Remembrance Service takes place at St. Margaret’s Church in Leiston at 11am.
A parade starts in Theatre Street, Woodbridge, at 10.50am, marching to the Garden of Remembrance and War Memorial, and a military parade takes place in Stowmarket’s town centre at 10am.
Events are also taking place in Debenham, Hadleigh and Wenhaston.
In west Suffolk, the Lavenham Remembrance Parade starts at Market Place at 9am, the Long Melford Remembrance Day Parade starts opposite the Bull Hotel at 10.15am, the Haverhill Royal British Legion Parade marches off from the Arts Centre car park at 2.15pm and a march begins at St Gregory’s Church in Sudbury at 1.45pm.
In Bury St Edmunds, a day of parades and services, led by the RAF Honington Volunteer Band, starts at the War Memorial in Angel Hill at 10.30am.
In Colchester, a private ceremony will be held at Merville Barracks’ Memorial Garden for the families of 16 Air Assault Brigade soldiers killed on operations to lay wreaths and pay tribute to their relatives.
The focus then shifts to the town centre, where the traditional Remembrance service will be held at the War Memorial in High Street shortly before 11am.