Prince Harry in Folkestone
PUBLISHED: 09:31 13 September 2014 | UPDATED: 17:56 15 September 2014
A new memorial arch was unveiled in the Kent seaside town and crowds of thousands flocked to see the Royal visitor do the honours
Crowds of thousands lined the Folkestone seafront to watch Prince Harry unveil a new memorial arch as part of a series of events to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.
The splendid ceremony, organised by Folkestone-based educational charity Step Short, marked the centenary of the First World War and saw many war veterans turn out to mark the occasion.
Some six million troops passed through the East Kent seaside town during the First World War and for many it was the last time they ever set foot on English soil.
The Prince, who wore No 1 dress of the Blues and Royals, greeted dignitaries before unveiling Folkestone’s memorial arch and laying a wreath at the town’s war memorial.
Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe and chairman of Step Short, said many of the men and women who went to war would have walked through the site where everyone stood today, before making the walk down to the harbour.
He added: “One hundred years ago in this country, a country that was not yet the full democracy that we know today, people believed that freedom was worth fighting for.”
Step Short is an educational charity which has worked to ensure that all those who passed through Folkestone during the First World War are remembered in an appropriate way during the centenary.
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