ICA’s ‘Memorial Soldier’ the site of special Remembrance Service
An event that was a regular in the Liverpool Business District calendar is returning this year, the International Cotton Association (ICA) in partnership with Liverpool BID Company will hold their annual remembrance service on Liverpool’s historic Exchange Flags on Friday 10 November at 11am.
The service will be attended by Stephen Burrows, Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside who will lay a wreath on behalf of his Majesty the King. A wreath will also be laid by ICA Managing Director Bill Kingdon on behalf of the association and its members.
The ‘Last Post’ bugle call will be played at the service which will be conducted by the Reverend Canon Dr Crispin Pailing.
Commissioned in 1922 by the ICA, known then as the Liverpool Cotton Association, the statue of the Memorial 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.
“As we do each year, we remember all those who have fought and died in conflict, not least those from our city, our region and our sector”
says Bill Kingdon (ICA Managing Director)
“This year we pay tribute to veterans of all conflict, from every walk of life, who put themselves in the face of danger to benefit others. Many from the Northwest of England, from Liverpool and the cotton trade volunteered during major international conflicts and continue to serve in our Armed Forces, Reserves and Emergency Services. We do this in the unwavering belief that moments of reflection, commemoration and remembrance are as important today just as they have ever been.”
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.
The ICA works closely with local organisations to make sure our service is a fitting tribute to all those that have bravely fought and continue to fight for their country. They include The Lieutenancy of Merseyside, Liverpool BID Company, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, Exchange Flags, the Kings Regiment and the Liverpool Pals Memorial Fund.