Rustington once again honoured those who lost their lives as a result of conflict or terrorism as part of the National Remembrance Commemorations on Sunday 12 November 2023.
The annual event, which is co-ordinated by the Parish Council, saw Members of Local Uniformed Groups, Civic Dignitaries and Veterans proudly parade together in the heart of the Village, from the Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul to the War Memorial for the 11.00 am Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony.
The Service was led by the Reverend Natalie Loveless and the Reverend Rosemarie Clarke and Reverend Laura Darrall, with The Exhortation and Recital of The Kohima Epitaph delivered by Jon Street and Police Constable Andrei Netherwood respectively. The TS Implacable NTC Band were in attendance leading the Parade as well as providing accompanying music throughout the Service, including the always emotive Last Post.
The Rustington Community turned out in their hundreds to show their support for both young and old participants. There was a particularly warm welcome for the some of the Village’s newest residents representing Blind Veterans UK who have recently moved into their new home at the Rustington Centre of Wellbeing (formerly Princess Marina House) in Seafield Road, Rustington.
Councillor Jamie Bennett, Chairman of Rustington Parish Council said:
“Once again Rustington demonstrated its unceasing gratitude and respect for all of those who lost their lives whilst serving in the two World Wars and later conflicts. My heartfelt thanks go to all of those who took part and, in particular, all of the Volunteers who give their time so freely throughout the year to support the Local Uniformed and Community Groups, and who make such a difference to our younger generation.”