Every year on Remembrance Sunday the local community comes together to pay tribute to those who have served, and those who continue to serve, in times of war. Many of the local uniformed organizations are represented and take part in a procession (starting at 10.15am) from the British Legion in Lower Gornal, down Summer Lane and onto the main high street in the village. The procession pauses for a time of reflection outside Zoar Church (at about 10.30am) for about 15 minutes and a short act of remembrance takes place. The procession then continues up towards St. James Parish Church where the formal Remembrance Day service takes place. At the same time a remembrance service takes place at Zoar. All are welcome.

During the short time of remembrance at Zoar the names on the plaque are read out and local children are invited to lay a small cross on the ground below the memorial (above). A wreath is laid by a member of the church and the minister offers prayers, readings and a short reflection. As the Homily is read and we stand in silence, the British Legion provide the music for 'Reveille' and 'The Last Post. 'It is a very moving time and fitting to see people of all ages coming together to pay their respects.

When Remembrance Day (11th November) takes place during the week there is a short act of remembrance at the church on the 11th of the 11th at 11am. Some of the local school children come with their teachers to pay their respects. It is open to all and refreshments are normally available afterwards at the church.



The village of Gornal comes to a standstill on Rememberance Sunday morning (10th November 2013) as more than 500 people from the community gather outside Zoar to remember those who have served and continue to serve in different parts of the world. The service is attended by many representatives from the various uniformed organizations in the surrounding area.




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