Hello George, I hardly ever go to church myself but will attend Remembrance Sunday services, and occasionally on Armistace Day.( One church locally will open on the morning, so people can be there for the two minutes silence.) I also attend the Chattri memorial services on the Downs near Patcham, Brighton to remember the Sikh and Hindu soldiers. I know that the question of Remembrance Sunday and religious observation has been discussed on GWF and emotions ran high so hope I am treading carefully.
My view is that the centenary is going to happen, we may as well have some input in to it. If we want to encourage the wider community as it were to think about the Great War and remember the Dead, then conserving religious memorials to them is constructive.
I have been researching the Great War casualties at St. Andrews, Waterloo Street, Hove , which is a redundant church, now used as a community arts venue. I will be giving a talk again there on this topic.
Regards, Michael Bully
dycer, on 28 August 2011 - 05:57 PM, said:
I can only write from my experience.
I felt the need to attend a service,in a Church on Armistice Day 2008,which happens to contain my Uncles WW1 service Memorials.
And yes the Town Pipe Band came to pay due homage,as did the great and good of the Town.
But to try and explain the pleasure and feeling,I had,just being in their Church.You cannot describe.
But then again I am Scots,ex-BB,etc and should not have a view on WW1,as it was fought.