Lest we Forget 

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The Harris Community Armistice day service will be held at the Church on Saturday 10th November at 10.40 am. The Congregation are asked to please try and be seated in the church by 10.30 am. 

In this act of remembrance the community of Harris remember with solemn pride and gratitude those who fell in the service of King and Country in the two world wars.  The war memorial on Main Street Tarbert lists the almost 200 names of those men from Harris who fell in these terrible conflicts, which scarred our community for most of the twentieth century.  This year there is an added solemn poignancy to the occasion as we mark not only the centenary of the end of hostilities in Europe with the signing of the armistice on 11th November 1918, but also the tragic sinking of HMY Iolaire within sight of Stornoway harbour on New Year’s Day 1919. As a community we know that after remembrance has been forgotten for another year in other places, Lewis and Harris will still remember the sad tragedy that befell the island  and claimed the lives of over 200 men on that darkest dawn of New Year’s Day 1919, 7 of whom were from Harris. 


At 11am  on Saturday we will observe two minutes silence in the church to commemorate the end of hostilities. Additionally, with this year being the centenary of the end of World War 1, the Church bells will peal for a further two minutes. This is in line with a nationwide government request for church bells to be rung in remembrance of the Armistice. After the service  we will process to the War Memorial on main street  for the wreath laying by many community, service, school and youth organisations from Harris.

On Sunday 11th November at 6am a short commemoration service will be held at the War Memorial on Main Street to mark the signing of the armistice at 06.00 hrs on 11th November 1918. A warm invitation is extended to all early birds to join us for this solemn act of remembrance. 

On Tuesday 1st January 2019  at 01.45 hrs A short commemorative service will be held at the Harris War Memorial  for those lost in HMY Iolaire 1st January 1919.

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