Remembrance ceremony held in Guernsey

Wreaths and other tributes at the Cenotaph in Guernsey
Tributes and wreaths were laid at the Smith Street War Memorial in Guernsey

A ceremony and wreath laying parade have taken place to mark Remembrance Day in Guernsey.

There was a short service led by the Dean of Guernsey Tim Barker and a wreath laying parade at the Smith Street memorial.

It was a multigenerational event, with veterans standing shoulder to shoulder with the island's young cadets.

The parade was watched on by hundreds of islanders paying their respects to the fallen.

A senior officer from the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) HQ also participated in the ceremony, laying a wreath as part of the Lieutenant Governor's party.

Senior officers from the German Army were also attendance because they are based at the ARRC in the UK.

The Remembrance Sunday ceremony in Guernsey
Personnel from different branches of the military were present at the ceremony at the Smith Street war memorial in Guernsey

William Craig, wreath laying officer for the Royal British Legion, said it was important to maintain the tradition of Remembrance commemorations.

He said: "It's important every year, and to me, every day is Remembrance Day, it's not just on the Sunday.

"I think it's important that people don't forget, that we don't let the younger generations let things just fall into history, basically."

On Saturday, to mark Armistice Day, two separate ceremonies took place at the Fort George Cemetery.

The first was held at the 1918 war memorial with the Lieutenant-Governor, the Bailiff, the president of The Royal British Legion Guernsey and a representative of the German military all laying wreaths on the memorial.

This was followed by another similar ceremony at the German memorial at the bottom of the cemetery.

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