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The Government Culture Secretary has announced that ten thousand members of the public will be invited to march past the Cenotaph to mark the centenary of the Armistice. Descendants, family members and the public are being invited to apply to take part in ‘A Nation’s Thank you - The People’s Procession’ on Sunday 11 November 2018. At the same time, bells will be rung around the world, as the government is seeking to replicate the spontaneous outpouring of relief that took place in 1918.

The involvement of ‘the public’ reflects or parallels the contribution made by those left behind; the parents and families who gave up their sons, the women who made clothing and food parcels for their men at the Front…..

On the centenary of the Armistice, it is right that we come together to give thanks to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and those who returned home to help shape the world we live in today. The 11th of November offers us a unique opportunity to show our appreciation for the generation who gave so much to secure this hard fought victory.

Here in Whalley we are seeking descendants of those lost in WWI and inviting them to join us to commemorate Armistice 100. If you do nothing else on Remembrance Sunday please march with us to your War Memorial at around 10.30am and pay your respects to those who died for you.

This will be a fitting conclusion to the four year commemorations of the centenary of the First World War and will ensure the stories from this important period of our history are passed down to future generations, Clifford.  

(With reference to Rt. Hon. Jeremy Wright MP)