In an event that has become a regular in the Liverpool Business District calendar, the International Cotton Association (ICA) with the support of the Liverpool BID Company will hold their annual remembrance service on Liverpool’s historic Exchange Flags on Friday 9 November at 11:00am.
The service will be attended by Councillor Christine Banks, Lord Mayor of Liverpool, who will lay a wreath on behalf of the city of Liverpool. A wreath will also be laid by ICA Managing Director Bill Kingdon on behalf of the association and its members, as well as; Paul Cherpeau (Chief Executive, Chamber of Commerce), Lieutenant Colonel Tony Hollingsworth MBE (Chairman of the Liverpool Pals Memorial Fund), Captain Michael Hunt (The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment) and David Southall (Ministry of Defence).
The ‘Last Post’ bugle call will be played at the service which will be conducted by the Reverend Bill Addy, Assistant Priest at Liverpool Parish Church.
Commissioned in 1922 by the ICA, known then as the Liverpool Cotton Association, the statue of the Unknown Soldier was unveiled by Field Marshal Earl Haig of Bemersyde. The accompanying bronze plaque is dedicated to the 423 men from the Association who lost their lives during both World Wars.
Bill Kingdon, ICA Managing Director says:
“We remember all those who have fought and died in the service of their nation” “The centenary of the Armistice at the end of WW1 perhaps gives this year’s ceremony of Remembrance even greater significance. It gives sharper relevance to the statue of the Unknown Soldier from that conflict which is the focus of our ceremony today. Many from the North West of England, from Liverpool and the Cotton Trade volunteered both then and have done so since. We pay tribute to their service.”
The remembrance service is open to all those who wish to pay their respects to those who gave their lives in defence of liberty, and to acknowledge those serving officers active today in pursuit of the same.