The digital age remembers

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FLAGS of the armed forces were proudly held aloft last Sunday November 13 as communities along the length and breadth of the Costas paid tribute to those who died in the line of duty over two world wars and peace time conflicts.

Probably one of the most unusual churches used to honour the fallen was the Fishermans church in Javea port built in the shape of a boat in celebration of the safe return of fishermen during a storm.

Here, under the auspices of the Javea branch of the British Legion, several hundred residents paid their respects to the fallen, sadly many of whom, were just old enough to legally purchase a pint of beer in a pub.

A nice touch was the inclusion of a children’s choir from the local Lady Elizabeth School. Earlier in the day, the Javea Evangelical Church used modern technology to bring the UK closer to Costa residents when they provided live video linkage to the Whitehall Cenotaph ceremony, allowing their congregation to join in the two minute silence, before laying their own Remembrance crosses on the Altar, at the same time the Royal family and politicians did in London.

3-Javea-Fishermans-church-exterior_webWhat was thought to be the first micro-blogging service ever, was held on Twitter when a group of Methodists brought together the traditional elements of prayer and worship including The Last Post trumpet solo, for people who were not able to attend a service, or would not normally do so.

James Thomas, who thought of Tweet Remembrance, said: ‘I came up with the idea on Wednesday night. I wondered if there was going to be a two-minute silence on Twitter and then thought, why not have an entire service on there.’

By Benny Davis

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