Gallery: Paying tribute to our fallen heroes

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HUNDREDS of people showed their respect for war heroes, past and present, at a number of Remembrance Day services across the city.

Mayor of Milton Keynes Councillor Alan Richards, MP for Milton Keynes South Iain Stewart, and former mayor Councillor Debbie Brock attended services in Bletchley, Newport Pagnell, Olney and Stony Stratford respectively.

They also attended a special Remembrance Day service on Friday which saw the official unveiling of the first pillar of The Rose memorial in Campbell Park.

The Rose unveiled the 11/11 column, dedicated to Armistice Day, as the first of 140 pillars which will be used to celebrate and commemorate events in history.

On Friday schools and businesses across Milton Keynes showed their respect with a two minute silence, one of which was held at The Webber Independent School.

The cadets led the tribute with Corporal Marcus Kiritsis and performed a salute before a wreath-laying ceremony.

Principal Sue Vig said: “It was an honour to have the cadets here. It’s important that we come together and pay our respects to all the soldiers and keep their memories alive.”

On Sunday in Olney, ward Councillor Debbie Brock led the service which saw people parading through the streets before reaching the cenotaph in the High Street.

Mayor Alan Richards was on hand to take the salute from the passing Remembrance Day parade in Newport Pagnell before Councillor Mike Barry read out the names of those who lost their lives in conflicts since the First World War.

Mr Richards and Mr Stewart then made their way to Stony Stratford where they took part in a unique afternoon remembrance service.

Mr Stewart had already attended a service in Bletchley in the morning where members of the armed forces marching from Bletchley Park to the St Mary’s Church memorial.

He said: “Importantly, this year also marked the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Royal British Legion and I was glad to do my part for the Legion by selling poppies. 

“The RBL does excellent work in providing welfare support and comradeship to veterans of all wars, and as the nation’s official Custodian of Remembrance, and I continue to be a firm supporter.”

Outside Milton Keynes, MEP for the South East Peter Skinner laid a wreath at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium.

The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing is dedicated to the commemoration of British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient of World War One and whose graves are unknown.

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