Remembrance Day 2022: Brighton and Hove pay respects to fallen troops

Crowds gathered for memorial services across the city.

People stood in the Old Steine ​​Gardens outside the War Memorial in Brighton to pay their respects to the fallen troops.

Brighton and Hove City Mayor Lizzie Dean laid a wreath, as did a representative of the Royal Sussex Regiment.

Independent Councilwoman Kate Knight gave a short speech after the wreath-laying ceremony.

She said: “It’s a great honor to pay tribute to the people of Brighton who gave their lives for us.

“These soldiers gave everything for us, 62 men died that day from our city [the Battle of Boar’s Head]so that every neighborhood will have felt the effects of it.

“We remember all who lost their lives today but especially those who fought in the Royal Sussex Regiment.”

The Argus: Firefighters held their helmets as wreaths were laidFirefighters held their helmets while wreaths were laid (Image: The Argus)

Firefighters from East Sussex Fire and Rescue removed their helmets and stood by the obelisk to pay their respects.

The Argus: Roger Amerena wears his father's tie and medalsRoger Amerena wears his father’s tie and medals (Image: The Argus)

Roger Amerena, Chairman of the Brighton and Hove Heritage Commission, attended the service.

He said: “I pay my respects to my father who served in World War II.”

Mr Amerena will lay a wreath at the memorial service at the Old Steine ​​Gardens on Sunday.

The Argus: Hove War Memorial, where wreaths were laidHove War Memorial where wreaths were laid (Image: The Argus)

In Hove, a small crowd gathered at the war memorial on Grand Avenue to commemorate those lost in the First and Second World Wars.

The group fell silent at 11am as the country stood still to remember those lost in the wars but also to honor others from wars around the world.

While many who attended the service had family ties to those who had served, they also stressed the importance of remembering those lost in more recent wars such as Ukraine.

Tom Mollett and George Oldfield, both of whom live on Grand Avenue, remembered their fathers who served in World War II.

Mr Mollett said: “I think it’s important that people remember those who were involved and those who died for their country.

“We should also think about the other wars that are going on at the moment. There will also be some British fighting in Ukraine.

Mr Oldfield added: “We should also remember all the other wars like the Korean War and the Falklands War. One of our neighbors is also Jewish and I think it is important to remember the Holocaust as well.”

As police and firefighters closed the street for the two-minute silence, dignitaries flocked to the war memorial to lay poppy wreaths and pay their respects.

Spectators then took their opportunity to stand by the memorial and pause to reflect on those who lost their lives in the war.

Westbourne Councilwoman Carmen Appich said: “It’s really important to remember the war. I’m from Germany and my grandfather got carried away by patriotism and volunteered to fight for the Kaiser in World War I.

“As I read his memoirs, I found that he saw the error in his ways. I find it quite moving because it was the working people who lost the most. We’d better talk than shed blood. It’s a really sad situation.” Remembrance Day 2022: Brighton and Hove pay respects to fallen troops

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