Over 100 people gathered in Okeford Fitzpaine to remember the fallen on the anniversary of the end of the First World War. Older servicemen and women wearing medals stood alongside younger residents to sing O God Our Help in Ages Past and hear readings and prayers. Doreen Green was born in July 1918 but came to the service to read out Laurence Binyon’s words: “They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old.”
Sergeant Michelle Craddock read the Roll of Honour of the 16 men from Okeford Fitzpaine who died in World Wars One and Two. As the Last Post sounded across the village people fell silent, remembering the dead. Crosses and a wreath were laid at the foot of the war memorial. Bells tolled 16 times to mark the number of men lost as people went in to church for the full service.
The recitation of Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen, the war poet who died in November 1918, was a fitting reminder of the horrors of war and done superbly by Andrew Vickers. Although 100 years have passed since the end of World War One, we will always remember those who made the supreme sacrifice.