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Nottinghamshire Police pay their respects on Armistice Day

Officers and staff from Nottinghamshire Police have paid their respects to mark Armistice Day.

Nottinghamshire Police has today (11 November) taken part in a ceremony to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War.

During the ceremony, which took place at the Force Headquarters, the Chief Constable, Police and Crime Commissioner and other force members laid wreaths in front of the force’s war memorial in respect of those who lost their lives.

Chief and PCC memorial 2021

A two-minute silence was also observed by everyone attending to mark the day.

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A bugle was also played to mark the beginning of the two-minute national silence as officers and staff became silent to pay their respects.

Armistice Day marks the end of the First World War after the conflict came to an end after four years of fighting when an agreement was reached between Germany and the allies.

Chief Constable Craig Guildford, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Officers and staff working for the force have today paid their respects and taken part in a two-minute silence to mark Armistice Day.

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“As a force we are a very strong supporter of the military covenant and also have a lot of officers and staff who have previously served in the armed forces and a lot of their relatives have too.

“Today we have paid our respects to those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars but also remembered those who have been lost in more recent conflicts.

“Officers from across the force will be out and about at the various events in the communities taking place over the weekend and making sure we are representing Nottinghamshire Police and that we play our part in the national remembering of the events.

“Armistice Day and Remembrance Day are incredibly important for us to mark and pay our respects as we have people within our organisation that have fought for the country.”

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry, said: “I have been around the military for a long time as my husband has served in the military for 26 years.

“Whilst this is not the first time I have laid a wreath at a remembrance ceremony it is a really significant one for me as it’s the first time I have laid a wreath as police and crime commissioner.

“It is vital that we recognise all the military do and all they have done so we can live with the freedom we have today.”

Sergeant Andy Lee, of the Mansfield Town Policing Team, served with the Royal Navy for six years.

He was joined by fellow members of the Mansfield neighbourhood policing team and dozens of members of the public outside the Town Hall to observe two minutes of silence.

He said: “As a local policing team we feel it is important to mark the sacrifice of all those who have died in the service of their country. Today’s silence was impeccably observed by all those who were present and I was proud to take part with many of my colleagues.”

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