Heroes remembered at Gateshead Field of Remembrance ceremony
Gateshead Council and the Royal British Legion proudly hosted the ceremony at Saltwell Park.
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Gateshead Council were proud to honour the hundreds of service men and women from the North, who sadly lost their lives fighting for their country.
On Saturday, November 4, Gateshead Council and the Royal British Legion held the Field of Remembrance ceremony at Saltwell Park.
The ceremony was attended by civic guests and heads, including the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, The Duchess of Northumberland, Mayors, Royal British Legion dignitaries and Military officers, as well as family members of the local heroes, who fell victim of war.
To begin the ceremony, a gunfire took place to mark the start and end of the two minute silence to remember the heroes, before readings were made by Lord Lieutenant’s cadets, and Hari Shakula who read on behalf of the multi faith community.
Guests were then given the opportunity to plant their remembrance crosses during the ceremony, with others invited to do so afterwards.
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Marc Reynolds, Royal British Legion Northumbria County Chairman said "We owe an enormous debt to all members of the Armed Forces who demonstrate an unwavering commitment to service, putting themselves in harm’s way to defend the freedoms we all enjoy.
"It’s an honour to mark the opening of this year’s Field of Remembrance in Gateshead.
"It is crucial we remember those commemorated in the Field of Remembrance, each of whom made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. I hope people will take the opportunity to visit the Field of Remembrance in Saltwell Park and ensure their sacrifice is not forgotten."
Mayor of Gateshead, Councillor Eileen McMaster, added: "Our region’s strong relationship with the armed forces stretches back generations. It is a huge privilege for Gateshead to host the Field of Remembrance for its eleventh year and to honour the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country."
This Field of Remembrance ceremony is the eleventh that Gateshead’s Saltwell park has been honoured to host, which is the only event of its kind in Northern England.
There will be more remembrance services taking place across Gateshead in November. To view the full list of areas and dates, please visit the Gateshead Council website.