BEFORE today’s game, we invite you to join us in observing a minute’s silence to remember the Westcountrymen and women of of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty.
After the teams line up, Argyle Club Chaplain Arthur Goode will say a short prayer before his Royal Navy counterpart Reverend Ralph Barber introduces the minute’s silence by way of the traditional Exhortation:
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
we will remember them. We will remember them.”
The start of the minute’s silence will be signalled by four buglers from the HMS Drake Volunteer Band under the direction of Band CSgt Eddie Neighbour.
At the end of the silence, Csgt Neighbour will take the salute from our distinguished guest, Cdre Ian Shipperley, after Ralph recites John Maxwell Edmonds’ famous epitaph in the Kohima Allied war cemetery.
“When you go home, tell them of us and say: ‘For your tomorrow, we gave our today’.”
Our players will be wearing a special, one-off, commemorative shirt during the game to further pay their respects to the fallen.
The shirt, which carries an embroidered poppy, will be signed by the players following the match and used to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.