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Preparations for this year's Remembrance observations begin this Friday, November 9, with the traditional; ceremony to officially open Boston's Memorial Gardens buy the Mayor, Cllr Judith Skinner.

The Royal British Legion invites everyone to the opening, beginning at 10.45am.

A short service by Rev Alyson Buxton will take place at 10.55am including the Last Post by The Boston Salvation Army bugler and the lowering of standards.

After the service, there will be an opportunity to lay wreaths at the War Memorial.

At approximately 11.15am school children and the civic party will make their way to Central Park where students from all schools will plant a cross with the name of a "Boston Fallen Service Person" inscribed, within a large cross laid out in the park.

There are 315 names on the Boston War Memorial.

The new Boston Borough Council vehicle which has the First World War Memorial Tommy print on it will be present in the park as a mark of the borough council's respect and remembrance.

Cllr Skinner said: "This will be a very poignant and moving service that will demonstrate to the town and the students the sacrifice the people of Boston made in both World Wars."

The Mayor will attend on Saturday, November 10, when the Polish community marks its Remembrance Day and the centenary of Polish Independence Day at the Polish Saturday Club held at Park Academy.,

Then on Sunday, November 11, Boston will pay homage to all casualties of wars at the Remembrance Day service in Memorial Gardens; this year with special reference to the First World War on the occasion of the centenary of the end of the great conflict.

The First World War Memorial, built in 2014 to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War and funded entirely through public subscription, will play a special part in the ceremony, with its new engraving  to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War.

Stonemason Richard King, of Richard King Memorials, Bridge Road Industrial Estate, Long Sutton, waived his fee, charging only for materials in honour of the memory of his great grandfather, Sgt George Robert Richer, of Holbeach, who served throughout the First World War with the 8th Lincolnshire Regiment, receiving the Military Medal and Distinguished Conduct Medal, both with bar.

The polished grey granite obelisk has been engraved, at the suggestion of the Boston branch of the Royal British Legion, with the famous words from John McCrae's poem "In Flanders fields".

The Remembrance Day service and memorial rededication will start at 10.45am on Sunday, November 11. After the service in Memorial Gardens community remembrance will continue in the Stump.

Cllr Skinner, said: "We have a fine tradition in Boston and the villages of the borough of remembering and honouring all those who were and are casualties of conflict around the world, but especially the fallen of the two world wars. Remembrance Day was originally created to mark the cessation of conflict on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the First World War. This Remembrance Day falls on the Sunday that this time is also the 11th day of the 11th month and marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, so it has extra special meaning and poignancy. I would like to see as many people as possible attend to add to the tradition of honouring all those who have secured the freedoms we all enjoy today."

On Sunday a Remembrance Parade will take place in Kirton. The parade will start from the Town Hall at 10.45am to the War Memorial and then on to the church.
All of the approaches and roads into the village and around the memorial will be closed when the parade is on as necessary.

The roads affected will be Station Road and London Road leading to Boston Road.

The roads will have volunteers and the parish council has requested that you respect them while they perform their duties.

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