By: NATASHA SMITH
AROUND 170 people attended the Remembrance Day service on Sunday at St Luke’s Church in Palhagueira, Gorjões.
Members of the Royal British Legion, congregations from St Vincent’s Anglican Church and the community turned out to honour and remember the men and women who have died in wars and conflicts around the world.
The honorary chaplain for the Royal British Legion, Father Haynes Hubbard, said a prayer for the lives lost and the soldiers who continue to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as in other countries.
The new British Legion Standard was then blessed by Father Haynes Hubbard at the memorial cross.
The Act of Remembrance took place next to the cross, where a bugler sounded the Last Post and the two-minute silence was kept.
British Consul, Celia Edwards, then laid a poppy wreath on behalf of the British community and wreaths were also laid by Robbie Robertson and Barbara Briggs on behalf of the Royal British Legion.
Peter Wilkinson, the Chairman of the Royal British Legion Algarve Branch said: “The ceremony, which was well attended, is the annual remembrance of the dead and those who are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Remembrance Sunday is the final day of the two week period of fundraising and he said the poppy fund donations would be returned to the central fund in England for distribution to the welfare of ex British military personnel and their families.
He added: “The day’s ceremonies finished with a traditional English roast beef lunch, which was attended by 82 members of the branch and their guests.
He extended his sincere thanks to the British community in the Algarve for their donations and ongoing support.
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