Act of Remembrance Service

An Act of Remembrance 

for the villages of

Harston, Hauxton 



No man is an island entire of itself; every man 
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; 
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe 
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as 
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine 
own were; any man's death diminishes me, 
because I am involved in mankind. 
And therefore never send to know for whom 
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength; a very present help in trouble.

We remember with thanksgiving and sorrow those whose lives, in world wars and conflicts past and present, have been given and taken away.
We pray for all who in bereavement, disability and pain continue to suffer the consequences of fighting and terror.
We commit ourselves to work in penitence and faith for reconciliation between the nations, that all people may live together in freedom, justice and peace.

No-one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.

Let us remember before God,
And commend to his sure keeping:
Those who have died for their country in conflict;
Those whom we knew, and whose memory we treasure; And all who have lived and died in the service of humanity. 

Reading of names 

A second voice 
They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. 

We will remember them 
Last Post - bugler

The 2-minute silence. 

Kohima epitaph 
When you go home tell them of us and say. “For your tomorrow we gave our to-day."

Lay wreaths 

We remember today all the ordinary people ripped from their towns and villages,
torn from their families
to serve their country in war. 
We remember today the people
left behind to keep things going
in factories, on farms, on the streets blitzed by war. 
We remember today the people
who lost their lives in war
and those left behind who never saw their loved ones again, who grew up without a parent, a sibling, a partner or a friend, who never discovered love again
and who grew old alone. 
We remember today all the ordinary people
on either side of the conflict whose lives were changed forever, all those who paid the price of freedom. 
And, in our remembering the ordinary people,
we remember that the cost of war will always be too high and paid for by ordinary people. 
Liz Crumlish

Almighty and eternal God,
From whose love in Christ we cannot be parted, Either by death or life:
Hear our prayers and thanksgivings
For all whom we remember this day;
Fulfil in them the purpose of your love;
And bring us all, with them, to your eternal joy; Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Dismissal blessing 

Let us go from this place
with minds that never forget, with hearts that grow in hope, with lives that shine Christ’s light. 
Let us go to serve, to reconcile,
to bring peace
and to stand united as children of the light. 

And may the blessing of God Almighty, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit 
go with us all
this day and every day.