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National Service of Remembrance this weekend

Wed, 08 Nov 2023

As Remembrance Sunday approaches, the Island will come together to remember the sacrifices made by those who have served in the armed forces.

The nation will fall silent for two minutes at 11am on Saturday, November 11 (Remembrance Day) and again on Sunday, November 12 (Remembrance Sunday) with wreaths and poppies laid at war memorials across the Island.

The commemorations will conclude with a National Service of Remembrance at the Royal Chapel in St John’s at 3pm on Sunday, attended by His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor Lieutenant General Sir John Lorimer and his wife Lady Lorimer.

Veterans and representatives of the armed forces will attend the service, along with the Chief Minister, Speaker of the House of Keys, Members of Tynwald, and representatives from the judiciary, local authorities, the clergy, uniformed organisations, and other civic bodies.

The Estonian Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Viljar Lubi, and the crew of Royal Navy’s submarine HMS Vigilant will also be in attendance.

After the service, at approximately 4pm, the congregation will make its way outside to the National War Memorial where His Excellency will lay the first wreath, followed by the Chief Minister and representatives from other organisations.

The public are encouraged to gather at the National War Memorial in St John’s at 4pm for a two minute silence and the laying of the wreaths.



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