Community gathers to mark First World War

Community gathers to mark First World War

Community gathers to mark First World War

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PEOPLE from across the county paid tribute to Wiltshire's fallen soldiers at a special First World War commemoration event in Tidworth today.

Wiltshire Council and the military worked together to deliver the event, which took place at Tidworth Military Cemetery.

Communities across Wiltshire were invited to come together to recognise and remember the sacrifice made by 10,000 armed forces personnel who lost their lives during the First World War.

Each fallen soldier was represented on a named cross and placed on a wall of remembrance which provided the focus for the service.

The crosses were made by thousands of local school children and each soldier's name was meticulously researched.

Some of the school children went along to the event to place the crosses on the wall of remembrance.

Tidworth Military Cemetery was chosen to host the event as it has 417 First World War graves.

Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott said: “This was a really unique event and I'd like to thank everyone who came to the cemetery to show their respects and be part of the remembrance ceremony.

“The wall of remembrance was particularly poignant and portrayed how many people sacrificed their life in the First World War. The school children, who helped put the wall together did a fantastic job and I would thank them for their hard work.

“We must never forget the sacrifice made by so many to preserve our freedom and I hope today will be a lasting memory for all who attended. It certainly will be for me.”

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