Thousands pay their respects to honour the fallen across Suffolk and Essex
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Thousands of people across Suffolk and north Essex have this morning been paying tribute to all those from the two counties who lost their lives at war.
Thousands made their way to Christchurch Park in Ipswich this morning to pay their respects at the Cenotaph.
A military parade of servicemen, including the Four Regiment Army Air Corp from Wattisham, started at the Town Hall at 10.40am before they filed into the park for the service of Remembrance led by the Reverend Dr Paul Hamlet.
The last post sounded before the traditional Remembrance Sunday silence was observed at 11am, marking the moment in 1918 when the guns feel silent after four years of bitter conflict.
The Lord Lady of Suffolk, Clare, Countess of Euston laid the first wreath, followed by Glen Chisholm, Mayor of Ipswich.
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Lorraine McClure, mum of serviceman Aaron who was 19-years-old when he was killed by ‘friendly fire’ in August 2007, also laid a wreath in honour of the fallen.
She said: “It means everything to be here today.
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“I am really proud. It is important to remember the sacrifice, not just of my son, but everyone who has died.”
More than 300 people attended the Remembrance Day service in Lavenham to honour the fallen from the village who died in the First and Second World Wars as well as a popular young soldier killed in Afghanistan in 2010.
Twenty-six-year-old Corporal of Horse of the Household Cavalry Regiment Jo Woodgate was killed in Sangin Province on the final day of his tour of duty when he was fatally injured in a grenade attack on his patrol.
During the service, curate the Rev Mark Woodrow read out some of the poignant stories of the young men from Lavenham who were killed in both major conflicts.
And rector the Rev Stephen Earl also asked the congregation to remember the 233 Americans who died between 1944 and 1945 while stationed at Lavenham airfield with the 487th Heavy Bomb Group of the US 8th Airforce.
In Framlingham, a parade of hundreds of war veterans, Brownies, Scouts, local dignitaries and others were led through the town by brass band Woodbridge Excelsior to the war memorial at St Michael’s Church.
Wreaths were laid by a number of local groups and organisations, after the names of 115 servicemen and women and civilians from the town were read aloud.
Leader of 1st and 2nd Framlingham Brownies, Anne Corke said the girls took the event very seriously.
“It’s for respect,” she said. “It’s something that shouldn’t be forgotten.
“They take it very seriously. It’s good for them.”
Hundreds of people of all ages gathered on Felixstowe seafront for the annual wreath-laying service and to remember men and women from the resort who gave their lives in conflict.
Rev Mark Kichenside, chaplain to the Royal British Legion in Felixstowe, led the service and RBL president John Goodwin read the Ode of Remembrance.
Four stand-bearers from the town’s sea, air and army cadets stood on the four corners of the War Memorial opposite the Town Hall as wreaths were laid by civic dignitaries, including mayor Doreen Savage, and representatives of forces organisations and other bodies, before the service groups took the salute and marched along Undercliff Road West.