WITH AN excellent turnout on a warm November morning, St. George’s Church in Lisbon became silent as the trumpeters of the Guarda Nacional Republicana (GNR) sounded the first chord of the Last Post until the sounds of Reveille.
Those two minutes gave the poppy clad worshippers time to reflect on their memories or those of fathers or mothers, grandfathers or grandmothers, who gave their lives in the many world conflicts that have taken place since the First World War.
Poppy wreaths were laid by representatives of the British Embassy, the Royal British Legion, NATO and Canada. Standards of the Royal British Legion and the Portuguese Liga dos Combatentes were presented to the High Altar.
After a moving service by Michael Bullock, worshippers were invited to the church hall for refreshments, where many a combat story was exchanged by old comrades and young military personnel.