Thursday 26 October 2023
The Bailiff's Chambers have announced the range of ceremonies and commemorations which will take place to mark Armistice Day and Remembrance Day in Guernsey this year.
A party of officers from the German Army will be visiting to pay their respects alongside islanders, and to take part in a ceremony at the German War Memorial at Fort George.
Remembrance-tide will begin today, Thursday 26th October, when the flag is raised on the roundabout mast at midday. This ceremony will be attended by the Bailiff and islanders are also invited to watch and help mark the occasion.
The Field of Remembrance will be dedicated shortly afterwards at 1pm at the Smith Street War Memorial. People will then be able to place poppy crosses in the field to pay their respects.
On Armistice Day - Saturday 11th November - two separate ceremonies will take place at the Fort George Cemetery starting just before 11am. The first will take place at the 1918 war memorial which is at the top of the cemetery: His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, the Bailiff, the President of The Royal British Legion Guernsey and a representative of the German military party will all lay wreaths on the memorial, a bugler will be in attendance, and the Dean will lead a short service. This will be followed by another similar ceremony at the German memorial at the bottom of the cemetery. More wreaths will be laid including others from the German party.
The annual Remembrance Day Parade and Service will take place on Sunday 12th November. There will be a short service and wreath laying at the Smith Street War Memorial. A Senior officer from HQ ARRC will participate in the ceremony and will lay a wreath as part of the Lieutenant Governor's party. In addition to the Act of Remembrance for those who have served, it also serves as an opportunity to show those serving at this time that we support them.
The senior officers from the German Party are in attendance because they are based at the ARRC - the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps - in the UK.
Arriving on the 10th November, the party will attend a Regimental type dinner organised by the Combined Services Charity.