Service of Remembrance 2017
The Annual Service of Remembrance and Dedication will take place on Sunday 12th November 2017
Sunday’s event will commemorate the Battle of Passchendaele – one of the most controversial battles of the First World War, infamous for the scale of casualties and the muddy conditions in which soldiers had to fight – it was also an area where horses were used to transport food and equipment to the front line.
In recognition of the role of horses, Joey, the life-size puppet, from the National Theatre production of War Horse will join the city’s civic and religious leaders along with military representatives to lay a wreath in memory of all those who have lost their lives during conflict.
Led by The Right Worshipful, The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy and the Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside, Mr Mark Blundell, the service will take place at the Cenotaph on St George’s Plateau, Lime Street.
Members of the public are invited to join local dignitaries as the city remembers and honours those who have suffered or died in war.
The programme of events will commence from 10.40am, which will include processions onto the Plateau from Military personnel and veterans. This will be supported by The Band of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, singer Danielle Louise Thomas and St Edward’s College Senior Choir, with the Service officially starting at 10.55am.
The Last Post will be played before a firing gun signals the start of the two minute silence across the city at 11.00am.
Following the silence, wreaths will be laid at the Cenotaph and thousands of poppy petals will drop from the roof of St George’s Hall. Prayers of Thanksgiving will be said by The Archbishop of Liverpool, The Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon OP, followed by a prayer offered in the Jewish tradition by Rabbi Dr Martin van den Bergh, representing the Merseyside Council of Faiths.
The Service will conclude with a short parade and march past, after which individuals will be invited to lay their own wreaths.
In order to facilitate the Service, the following road closures will be in place on the Sunday:
- William Brown Street from Lime Street to Old Haymarket – 7.00am to 1.00pm
The following roads will be closed from 9.30am until 1.00pm:
- Lime Street
- St George’s Place
- St. John’s Lane
Please note that Queens Square Bus Station will also be closed from 9.30am to 1.00pm. Further details and affected bus services and routes please visit www.Merseytravel.gov.uk
Order of Service
Download & Print your copy of the Order of Service here.
Event Date: Sunday 12th November – Sunday 12th November 2017
Location: St George's Plateau