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Youngsters sought to remember those who gave their lives

Hector Duff

Hector Duff

Second World War veteran Hector Duff and a group of local people want to mark the contribution made by the Manx during the First World War by organising for young people from each parish in the island to lay a wreath of fresh poppies prepared by Robinson’s at their war memorial.

On Monday, August 4, at 1pm two convoys will leave the TT Grandstand at 1pm one heading south and the other north. At each memorial there will be a few minutes of silence and reflection.

The journey will culminate at St John’ss.

At 7pm there will be a service of commemoration at the National Memorial on the Fairfield. Music is provided by the Crosby Silver band. The young people will pass the national tribute from hand to hand and then place it on the steps of the memorial to remember all 1,165 Manxmen who made the ultimate sacrifice. Thanks will also be given to the 987 wounded and the 7,109 who left our shores to fight for freedom.

Young people between the age of seven and 18 are being sought to take part represent their parish. They should need to be available from 1pm at the TT Grandstand and collected from St John’s at 7.30pm and be accompanied by an adult.

Contact Maxine Cannon on 07624 437859 or email thecannons@manx.net to volunteer to take part by 5pm on Thursday.

During the service at St John’s there will be a collection to raise money to erect a plaque to record the commemoration.

At 10.15pm a candle-lit vigil will take place at the memorial prior to ‘All Lights Out’ at 11pm, an act of commemoration which will be Europe wide. Shoprite has paid for a candle for each Manxman lost.

 

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