Commemoration of the Centenary of the 1918 Armistice

At 11am on the 11th November 1918 the guns fell silent.  The war that had raged around the globe for 4 long years was finally coming to an end.

In the aftermath of the bloody conflict there was relief for those who survived, grief for those lost and determination that such a thing must not happen again.

100 years later there is still a poignancy surrounding that war, more than any other before or since.

Lavenham lost 76 men to the war.  Men who were related to each other, men who were neighbours and friends with each other.  The pall of grief that hung over the village must have been tangible.  But in this respect Lavenham was no different to every city, town village and community across the land.

With this in mind we are proud to join in the thousands of locations that will be remembering the sacrifices that were made and remember the fallen and the grief of their families and loved ones.

We have records of the addresses that those men left to go to war.  We have approached the current occupiers of those homes and received overwhelming support for what we are calling our Poppy Trail.  Each home will be marked on a specially produced map of the village by a red poppy symbol.  A notice will be displayed at each location showing the soldier’s name and some information about him.  In a few instances buildings have been demolished so the relevant notice will be displayed nearby.  Copies of the map will be delivered to every home in the village and will be available free to visitors for the days preceding Remembrance Sunday.

In addition, there will be photographic displays in a number of locations, which will also be identified on the map.  These are Press Association images that now form part of the Soper Collection.

On Remembrance Sunday there will be the traditional morning parade and service.  This will be followed in the evening by an act of commemoration in the historic Market Place, culminating in the lighting of a Beacon.  The full programme is being fine-tuned but it will include; musical tributes, a reading of World War 1 poetry, a “Cry for Peace”, a “Tribute to the Millions”, a roll call of The Fallen, sounding of the Last Post and a peal of bells from the ancient church tower.

More information will be added in the coming weeks.  We hope that as many people as possible will join in this unique event.