VIDEO First World War Centenary: Milton Keynes pays respect to war dead

The city’s leading figures commemorated Armistice Day with members of the public at the MK Rose this morning.

On the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, Milton Keynes Mayor, Councillor Derek Eastman, and Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, laid a wreath to pay respect to the war dead.

Tributes paid to war dead at MK Rose, Campbell Park on Remembrance Day

Tributes paid to war dead at MK Rose, Campbell Park on Remembrance Day

The service at Campbell Park was also attended by Mike Barry, Buckinghamshire County Chairman for the Royal British Legion and Ron Kirkland of the Buckinghamshire Rifles Army Cadet Force.

Mr Stewart said: “Every Remembrance Day is important, but with it being the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, it has a particular poignancy.

“On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month the whole country just stops for a couple of minutes and remembers those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom - and that’s incredibly important.”

He added: “I was here for the unveiling of the MK Rose a little while ago and I think it is very important that we have something like this in Milton Keynes, which celebrates not just those who have fallen in conflict, but all the different pillars of the community we want to celebrate at different times of the year.”

Mr Eastman, who lost an uncle in the air force during the war, said: “No family has been untouched by the wars that have gone one.

“This is a time for reflection, when we pay respect to those who fought and lost their lives in conflicts past, as well as thinking about those who are currently risking their lives in conflicts around the world.

“It is a time to take stock - a sombre time, but it is also a time to celebrate some of the very best about humanity.

“We have to remember the people who gave us our lives today.”