This weekend, and on Monday, 11 November, Knowsley will be falling silent to remember all those affected by conflict – past and present.
Remembrance Sunday services will take place in Prescot and Kirkby, and a service in Huyton will mark Armistice Day itself. Details of all the services can be found on Knowsley News.
Right across the borough, people, groups, businesses and schools are also paying their own tributes to the fallen and all those who have served, in a variety of different ways.
Here are just some of them.
At Kirkby Resource Centre for Older People, staff and service users have created a beautiful and poignant display of ‘The Unknown Soldier’ to mark this year’s Remembrance event.
The artwork has been the result of a lot of hard work and loving attention to detail by a group who are always keen to pay their respects each year. Special thanks to Jack, who handpainted the silhouette of the soldier, whilst the poems pictured above have been written by the creative writing group.
At Huyton Library, you’ll find a display of WWI related material in an exhibition case on the first floor. The items tell the story of local man Sergeant Thomas L. Whittaker and including some good examples of greetings cards and postcards sent from the front line.
As visitors to the exhibition will learn, the toll that WW1 had on local communities is hard to comprehend. Huyton alone lost 86 men – they are commemorated on the Huyton with Roby War Memorial outside the Municipal Buildings.
Last Sunday (3 November), 10 veterans from Knowsley Veterans’ Hub (KVH), now called Everton Veterans’ Hub, gave a guard of honour at the Everton v Tottenham game. Members from the group will also be taking part in a Remembrance Service at 10.30am on Monday 11 November at the Dixie Dean statue outside Goodison Park.
Many of Knowsley’s schools are also marking Remembrance. They include Park View Primary, who invited in a veteran to play The Last Post in a service for children and parents. The children have also created their own Remembrance inspired artworks.
At Prescot Cemetery and Churchyard, the Friends group have once again created a stunning display of ceramic poppies to mark Remembrance Day around the BICC Memorial. The poppies will sit alongside their War Memorial Benches, which provide a year round reminder of the sacrifices of all those who have served in the armed forces.