100 years on – we will remember them

HK Banks
The Friends of Holbeck Cemetery’s Annual Remembrance Walk will take place on Sunday 9th November 2014 at 2pm
You may have already attended one of Friends of Holbeck Cemetery’s annual Remembrance Walks which commemorate the lives of all those killed as a result of war, but this year we are going to do something a bit different.
Holbeck cemetery has 87 Commonwealth War Graves Commission memorials plus many other private memorials with inscriptions to loved ones lost as a result of hostilities. The CWGC memorials are maintained by them but many of the private graves have suffered neglect and decay over the years.
We want people to learn some of the history of the area and the people who lived here .John Leckenby, of Friends of Holbeck, said,” This historic place offers the opportunity to reflect on issues of life and death. In a time when war and conflict are in the news more than ever we should remember those who have died in such tragic circumstances. Each grave has a story to tell of the lives of ordinary people like you and me. Some of whom lost their lives in wartime conflict”.
We usually focus on about 12 individual plots and talk about them in detail and then finish the walk at The Cross of Sacrifice where we read the names of all those whose lives were lost in various wars. However this year’s walk will follow a different formula from what we have usually done.
As it is the 100th Anniversary of World War 1 we are going to focus on various topics from that time that have influenced how we live today. We will focus on memorials that remind us of these topics and talk about the changes that these have brought about.
Topics will include Public Houses and the Brewery Trade, Football Teams, Fish and Chips, the Post Office and Women’ s place in society .
At the end of the Walk we will scatter petals around the Cross of Sacrifice as we read the names of all those who are remembered in Holbeck Cemetery,
Please come and join us . Everyone is welcome
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