The first of three acts of Remembrance planned for Penzance will start at 5:03am on Friday 11 November, when the Mayor of Penzance will join representatives of Armed Forces charities to lay wreaths on the ‘Poppies to Paddington’ train as part of Routes of Remembrance 2022.
Routes of Remembrance, organised by The Veterans Charity, which saw hundreds of poppy wreaths travel across the UK and beyond to honour the fallen has returned for a second year, and Penzance Council are proud to once again be part of this poignant event.
Cllr Jonathan How, Mayor of Penzance said: “Whatever you think about wars it’s important to never forget those who lost their lives fighting in them. Routes of Remembrance is almost a visual representation of that sentiment, starting in the far-flung corners and ultimately coming to a focus in London.
I’m proud that Penzance will be one of the first of those far flung corners to be placing its wreaths aboard the train.”
Hundreds of wreaths will be laid on train services around the country before converging on London and other major cities for special remembrance services. The ‘Poppies to Paddington’ will be running again this year and the wreaths laid on these special trains will make their way to the iconic Paddington Station War Memorial in time for 11am.
Danny Greeno, CEO of The Veterans Charity, said: “We are so pleased the train operators and so many enthusiastic supporters are joining us on this journey once again.
“There have been some challenges this year but we have some exciting new additions too and what we hope will be some truly iconic moments as we continue to ‘keep remembrance moving”.
The second act of Remembrance, to honour and remember those from the Parish of Penzance who made the ultimate sacrifice, will be a two-minute silence held at 11am on Friday 11 November at the Memorial Gardens in Penlee Park.
And the third act of Remembrance will be the town’s Remembrance Parade & Service which will take place on Sunday 13 November starting at St John’s Hall at 10:35am, with the service itself to be held at the Penzance War Memorial at Battery Rocks from 10:50am.