Local Soldiers Sacrifice Remembered(August 15, 2014)
AFTER ELEVEN SECONDS after the eleventh call for silence the throng gathered for the official opening quietly waited for a minute for the speeches to begin but instead heard the sound of soldiers marching up to the WW1 exhibition.
Warminster town council's 'Great War' commemoration was joined by a detachment of volunteer troops dressed in period uniforms carrying rifles used 100 years ago.
It was a very visual reminder of the huge sacrifice that local families had made and a taste of what visitors would find inside.
After the order 'at ease' was given the Mayor Andrew Davis gave the speech of welcome including thanks to councillor Sue Fraser who had suggested the idea to a small working group.
Words of tribute were read out as a reminder of the historic sacrifice so many had made that had led to the staging of the exhibition for the week.
Cllr. Davis spoke about the contribution that his family had made during the First World War.
Looking behind for scissors for a 'ribbon to cut' the Mayor brought a smile to the faces as he said 'Oh no! I have something to slide out of the way instead.'
The exhibition supported by a lottery grant saw another councillor Nick Dombkowski quietly holding medals that a family member had been given during the conflict as his own personal moment.
"These were my uncle's father's medals from that war," he explained.
"This is a very impressive exhibition that far exceeds the display I was expecting," said Cllr. Paul Macdonald.
"It is a must visit event which I would happily have paid to go round it."
* The exhibition is open daily only until Friday 22nd August at the Warminster Civic Centre.