Armed Forces Day was marked in Wellington on Saturday 25 June with the laying of a wreath on the town’s War Memorial in Wellington Park. The Mayor, Bob Bowrah, members of the town council, the Wellington branch of the Royal British Legion and service veterans and their families were present. The Rector of St John’s Church, Rev Tim Treanor, led the act of remembrance with prayers and readings.
Mr Michael Rose, President of the Wellington Branch of the Royal British Legion, then marked the centenary of the Battle of the Somme by reading the names of those killed in the WW1 battle who came from the town. Poignantly, he listed their ages as well as their regiments in recognition of their youthful sacrifice.
The wreath-laying was following by the commemoration of the plaque marking the Royal British Legion’s Garden of Remembrance next to the War Memorial. Ashes from the burning of crosses laid at St John’s Church on Remembrance Sunday in November were scattered by one of the town’s oldest veterans.