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Remembrance Sunday: Keighley 2011

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Published on Nov 13, 2011

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This video was filmed for Keighley Shared Church to document the events of Remembrance Sunday, which annually commemorates the of the end of hostilities in the First World War (but has also come to be representative of other conflicts, both past and present day). Marked by symbolic poppies, which famously grew in the no-man's-land of Flanders Fields in Normandy, people gather together in quiet contemplation of the debt to which we owe the soldiers who gave their lives.

After prayers and hymns in church, the townfolk, ministers, military and dignitaries of Keighley join together in a procession to pay their respects at the war memorial in the centre of this ancient Yorkshire town. It is a calm and meditative way of collectively giving thanks to the fallen and ensuring we never forget the toll of war. The event is led by the Christian church but unites several religions under the banner of Keighley Interfaith Group, which sees Muslim representatives from local mosques joining the ceremony to lay wreaths. There is a real sense of community and shared feelings of gratitude towards those who died in pursuit of something greater than ourselves.

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