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Organised by Canterbury Branch on behalf of the Association, this annual service takes place at the Kent War Memorial in the Garden of Remembrance within the precincts of Canterbury Cathedral.  Held in conjunction with The Old Stagers and the Band of Brothers during Canterbury Cricket Week, it continues a tradition that started in 1920.

In the centre of the garden is the Cross of Sacrifice, brought from Ypres.  It is the Cross of Lorraine upon which has been carved the Crusader’s Sword, the Ship of the Sea Power and a wreath of Roses and Lilies.  Around the monolith on which the Cross stands are inscribed the words in memory of the fallen sons and daughters of Kent. During the service, wreaths are laid in their memory.

Two further wreaths are laid to the memory of the 4th Lord Harris, who had been instrumental in creating the memorial after the end of the Great War. He was the first President of the Association of the Men of Kent and Kentish Men.

DSCF5021 Memorial to 4th Lord Harris

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