Together we remember.
Byline: KATRINA CHILVER News Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
THOUSANDS of people gathered in Coventry yesterday for a poignant service remembering all those lost in war.
Crowds fell silent at 11am in the War Memorial Park to pay tribute to all the men and women who have given their lives for their country.
The Lord Bishop of Coventry, the Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth, led the service, telling the crowd just how important it was that Remembrance Sunday was marked in the city.
He said: "We are especially mindful this year of the battle of the Somme, still raging exactly 100 years ago.
"When it finally ended on November 18, 1916, over 350,000 British men had been killed or injured. More than the total present population of our city. Over 310,000 British, French and German soldiers lay dead. Among them many fine and noble Coventrians."
This year's historic Remembrance Sunday service also paid tribute to all those who are currently suffering in conflict in Syria and Iraq. Dr Cocksworth said that the city was "standing with the people of Syria and Iraq in a solidarity of suffering", as a city which suffered devastation on the night of the Blitz on November 14, 1940.
He added: "To the people of Syria and Iraq our hearts are breaking for you, there is little consolidation we can offer, but we can share something of our story that out of the travails of our suffering hope rose again from the ashes of our city's despair and we walked the long road to the reconstruction and reconciliation."
The Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth