Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday 2019 will fall on Sunday 10th of November with Armistice day following on Monday 11th November. This year marks several anniversary’s relating to the Second World War including 80 years since the Second World War began, 75 years since the D-Day Landings, the battles of Arnhem, Monty Casino, Kohima and Imphal

In Royston, as across the Nation we will come together to remember and honour the sacrifice of all those of our Armed and Civilian forces who in two World Wars and later conflicts, have given their lives in defence of our freedom.

During the Second World War the areas surrounding Royston were home to many service personnel from many different Nations; for example RAF Bassingbourn would become station 121 of the 8th United States Army Air Force and would be home between October 1942 and June of 1945 to the 91st Bombardment Group Heavy. By the wars end this Bomb Group would have suffered the highest casualty rate of any group in the 8th USAAF with 920 airmen killed, 123 missing in action and 959 captured; we will remember the sacrifice made by all our allies in securing our freedom.
We should also remember all those veterans and families still living, whose lives have been forever changed through their service; for many, every day is remembrance day.

This year will see the return to the War Memorial of the Memorial Display Panels, honouring all those named on the towns War Memorial, which were displayed for the first time last year in collaboration with the group “What Royston Did”. The panels will be on display from Monday 4th November until Monday 18th November


Chris Murphy
Royal British Legion Royston Branch

Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service Sunday 10th November
Parade forms up in Queens Road, Royston – please arrive no later than 10.00am. The parade steps off at 10.25am and arrives at Melbourn Street War Memorial 10.35am. The service of Remembrance starts 10.45am
All are welcome to participate in the parade.

Monday 11th November 10.50am at Royston War Memorial, Melbourn Street, followed by a service in the Priory Memorial Gardens at the Memorial to the 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) USAAF.