On Thursday the 6th of November at 4pm. Delph held their annual Service of Remembrance, beside the War graves in the cemetery at the Independence Church. Despite all the publicity about the 100th anniversary of the Great War, in which the lives of millions of young men were sacrificed, including some from Delph; despite the notices placed four weeks in advance and inclusion in local papers, only 8 people attended and that included the Vicar.
A lot of work was needed to ensure access to the graveside. Brambles and nettles in abundance needed to be cleared and volunteers were requested to assist. None were forthcoming.
On the day the morning started cold, but rain raised the temperature a little and it ceased altogether by mid-afternoon. Delph Band Club was the venue for a British Legion Dinner of Remembrance on Friday evening; they and other relevant organisations were informed in advance about the Thursday Service, but no representatives attended.
Some people will be making the difficult journey to the top of Pots and Pans on Sunday the 9th for the Saddleworth Service of Remembrance, but many will be unable to attempt the climb. Uppermill held a Service at the memorial in the village on Monday the 3rd, other Services are held locally and nationally, but the people of Delph appear not to care.
Is it because too many people do not feel any kinship with those who died to keep our country safe for us? At the Service in Delph the Reverend John Rosedale read out a long list of wars that have involved British Armed Forces since the 2nd World War. As long as there are people who use violence and terror to undermine legitimate governments there will be wars and we will need our young men and women to put themselves at risk on our behalf. Tragically some of them will be cruelly maimed and disfigured, some will be killed. The least we can do is show their sacrifice was not in vain.
The least we can do is show that we remember them.