Just after midday on Thursday 30th October, Members of Friends of Imperial Square and Gardens (FISG) were joined at the Remembrance Beds in Imperial Gardens by the three Lansdown Ward Councillors together with Representatives from Cheltenham in Bloom, and Friends of Montpellier Bandstand and Gardens (FOMBAG) to await the arrival of the Mayor of Cheltenham and the President, Chairman and Chaplain of the Cheltenham Branch of the Royal British Legion accompanied by British Legion Members.
David Stennett, Chairman of FISG welcomed everyone and then handed over to the Chaplain of the Royal British Legion to lead the Remembrance Ceremony.
The Prayer of Remembrance was said followed by the RBL Bugler sounding the Last Post after which the Act of Homage was led by the RBL President with everyone present responding with the words ‘We Will Remember Them’.
The Two Minutes Silence followed.
The Reveille was sounded and then the Kohima Epitaph –
When you go home, tell them of us and say
For your tomorrow we gave our today.
The FISG Wreath was laid by the Chairman.
The Chaplain gave the Closing Prayer and Blessing.
This was followed by some Closing Words from the Mayor, Cllr. Simon Wheeler.
It is fitting that as a result of the FISG Centenary Community Project involving co-operation with Cheltenham Borough Council, Cheltenham in Bloom, several Community Groups and especially the young people there is now a Focal Point of Remembrance within Imperial Gardens and FISG looks forward to working with the Royal British Legion on an Annual Remembrance Ceremony at the Remembrance Beds.