Rail Pays Its Respects

Remembrance Day is a time to remember those who have risked their life, and those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Remembrance Day is highly significant here at GNR Training, especially as we are run by ex-military. The Rail industry has also contributed their own respects; as there has been wreaths laid on a memorial train in Paignton, Devon and made a journey to Paddington, London. The journey made symbolises the long journeys that soldiers had made going to war, both physically and emotionally.

Furthermore, poppy wreaths will be laid at train stations across the country, one station being local to us – Mexborough, other stations include Newcastle, Darlington, Penistone, Morpeth, Barrow-in-Furness. This allows customers and colleagues of the rail industry to pay their own respects to those who gave their lives, alongside this, Northern Rail is offering complementary travel this weekend, and on Thursday 11th November, across the entire rail network for service personnel. Those who wear an armed forces uniform or are carrying a military ID card, as well as cadets in uniform and veterans who display valid identification will be entitled free travel on all Northern Services.

On Thursday 11th November a memorial service will be held at Manchester Victoria Station, in which military and ex-military, alongside Rail employees and customers paid their respects.

Train stations have also been decorated in preparation for remembrance Sunday, with volunteers showing how each rail community can give their respect to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Community groups along the South Flyde line have also created displays of “The Silent Soldier”, which are outlines in colourful planters at stations; alongside this, they have created their own plastic poppies made from recycled materials.

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