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Seventh annual Remembrance Service for fallen heroes

THE Seventh annual Peyia Remembrance Service for fallen heroes will be held next weekend.

The event is being coordinated by Alan and Barbara Wilson of MARCH (Military and Retired Cyprus Holidays) a Paphos based non-profit scheme which operates holidays for injured or traumatised military serving or non-serving personnel.

The initiative is totally reliant on fundraising and donations and is made possible by a team or about 12-15 volunteers.

The popular service has seen the congregation swell to around 600 since its inception. The service will be held on November 9, Remembrance Sunday and is open to anyone wishing to attend.

Ex serviceman Wilson, who served in many countries including Kenya, Northern Ireland and Cyprus as an intelligence operative said: “It’s a full service of remembrance with hymns, readings and is getting more popular every year.”

His wife added: “We have a cross there and people are able to lay symbols of remembrance, there is also a stand for wreaths. The Brownies and the Guides also came last year.”

In addition, there is an area where people place crosses with the names of the fallen, and other symbols.

Poppies will be available at the entrance for a donation and are also currently being offered at numerous outlets across Paphos including the Ascos Coral Beach hotel.

The ex serviceman’s wife said that people still wanted to remember, and noted the importance of giving coverage to the event as new people arriving on the island might not be aware of it.

The couple said that the Peyia service, as with others held around the world, is in memory of those who gave their lives for their countries during wars and conflicts or as victims of terrorism.

“It’s important to remember so many people which have given their lives for our freedom, when there are others who try so hard to take it away.”

The service will take place on Sunday November 9 at Peyia municipal car park and seating is provided for hundreds of guests. A 12-page order of service will also be available free of charge.

Coordinators Alan and Barbara Wilson: 9985055

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