By Margaret Sheard …
2018 is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and it was very fitting that the date of Remembrance Day this year was the 11th November.
The annual Remembrance Service was held at The Old British Cemetery in Kyrenia, North Cyprus and attended by a very large group of expat residents and visiting British ex-servicemen many of whom served in Cyprus both during the Emergency and at other times.
Prior to the service commencing the congregation enjoyed music from a member of the Scots Guards who marched up and down in front the Cemetery, and played Amazing Grace followed by other well-known music. I love the sound of the bagpipes, which I always think have a very haunting tone but beautiful to hear.
The Royal British Legion, Kyrenia Branch and Police Standards were marched into the Cemetery. Unfortunately, Kim Tyler who usually carries the British Union Flag had recently suffered injury from an accident and for the first time was unable to attend as a Standard Bearer.
The British Cyprus Memorial Book which was dedicated at St. Andrew’s Church, Kyrenia on Friday 9th November, was placed in a glass cabinet in the Cemetery for those attending to see, and it will then be returned to the Church where it is to be permanently housed.
The service commenced, conducted by The Reverend Michael Graham, with the Bidding Prayers followed by the hymn I Vow To Thee My Country. Rev’d Graham gave an excellent address which included his own personal experience of military service, which was a serious topic but also included some amusing anecdotes. Then followed The Celebrant, The Exhortation, The Last Post, The Silence, Reveille, and The Kohima Epitaph.
The laying of the wreaths on behalf of the various Regiments followed, there were some 47 wreaths, including those laid at the Police Memorial, and for the first time a wreath laid by the London Fire Brigade.
Prayers, a hymn, The National Anthem and The Blessing finalised this year’s Remembrance Service for those who lost their lives in two World Wars and other conflicts throughout the world.
Thanks to Major Brian Thomas BEM (Ret’d), who this year stepped down as Chairman of the Royal British Legion, Kyrenia Branch, for his excellent organisation of this year’s Remembrance Service, and also thanks to the Girne Belediye and the TRNC Police for their cooperation in enabling this annual service to take place.
There is a slideshow shown below with more pictures and of the wreath laying.
For those who would like to see a video of the 2014 Remembrance service, we are showing this below.