Milton Keynes honours the Great War dead

A parade of honour to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War took place in the city yesterday (Monday).

The Royal British Legion Jubilee Branch hosted the special event at stadium:mk yesterday, with a commemoration balloon launch – one to mark each year of the anniversary.

Milton Keynes Council leader Peter Marland described the event as “poignant”.

He said: “Yesterday’s event was fantastic, but incredibly moving. It is almost unimaginable today to get a true sense of the impact the war had on communities the length and breadth of the UK.

“How in every street, village, town and city families were receiving daily devastating news about the loss of loved ones – many who were still in their teens.

“It is so important to remember the sacrifice of those you died and served, but we also have to make sure it does not happen again on that scale.”

The national anthem was performed by Milton Keynes singer, Jamie Stimpson to an audience including the national chairman of the Royal British Legion and city Mayor Subhan Shafiq.

Debbie Lewis, secretary of the Royal British Legion Jubilee Branch, ensured all 100 balloons, complete with tages of thanks were released.

She said: “I am very pleased with the turnout and how the event went. “I would like to thank the public for coming and everyone who took part in the parade.It is really important to mark the First World War because unless we remember and educate the youth then the sacrifice people made 100 years ago will be forgotten.

“It was a war to end all wars, but unfortunately conflict is still ongoing and we are still losing lives today.

“It is important to remember that too and yesterday’s event was an opportunity to do so.”