Staff and Councillors stood beneath the Union Flag outside the Civic Offices of Epping Forest District Council to mark the 90th anniversary of the end of the Great War and remember all those who have since fallen in conflicts across the world. Councillor John Knapman, Chairman of Council led the tribute with guest of honour, Kevin Toole, President of the Epping and District Branch of the Royal British Legion. Other members of staff and Councillors stood at their desks.
The ceremony was marked by the lowering of the Union and Council flags to half mast. Traffic in Epping High Street also stopped as motorists joined in the silent tribute.
Councillor Knapman said: I was honoured to participate and I was very proud to stand with Kevin Toole of the Royal British Legion. It is very hard for most of us to imagine the terrible suffering and loss of those men, women and their families so long ago. Yet even today, our armed forces still protect us and continue to make the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf in the far-flung corners of the world.
Councillor Knapman was also pleased to see the reaction of motorists. He said: I did not expect to see the traffic stop. I think there is a new recognition of the importance of Remembrance and the observance of the two minutes by motorists added to the poignancy of the occasion.
To find out more about the Epping Branch of the Royal British Legion and the stories of local people who have fought and fallen in the defence of our Country, go to Royal British Legion website.
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