|Major Charron salutes the fallen|
It was attended by members of the British Legion, two MPs, three councillors, and young people from local schools as well as the staff of Southern Cemetery.
And because today is also Canada Day it was fitting that Major David Charron of the Royal Canadian Army had been invited to lay a wreath for those men of the Canadian Expeditionary Force who are buried amongst their comrades from other Commonwealth armies.
Many of those present will have a personal reason for attending the ceremony.
In my case I can count six close family members who served in the Great War, including one who enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1915, as well as others who served in the German armed forces.
|Members of the Northenden British Legion|
It was an elegant and poignant act of Remembrance made the more powerful by the mix of people who had chosen to attend.
The youngest will have been no more than ten, the eldest well into retirement, along with serving soldiers and ex servicemen and servicewomen as well as politicians and those who maintained the graves.
|A moment of reflection|
Each will have a part to play in that bigger act of Remembrance.
|Jeff Smith MP and Councillor Mat Strong|
He had survived the Fall of Greece, was bombed at Basra and was captured in 1942 in the Far East.
And the twist is that he had been born in Cologne in 1922 two years after my German grandmother had married my grandfather who was a soldier in the British army of occupation after the Great War.
So a mixed day of emotions today in Southern Cemetery.
Location; Southern Cemetery
Pictures; today in Southern Cemetery, July 1 2016, from the collection of Andrew Simpson
*Remembering the Battle of the Somme, https://chorltonhistory.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Remembering%20the%20Battle%20of%20the%20Somme
**When you Go Home, Tell them Of Us and Say, For their Tomorrow, We Gave our Today