With it was associated a good deal of ceremonial—ecclesiastical, military and civic, and the service was attended by a large number of people representative of every phase of the public life of the City and County, and by a great company of ex-Servicemen, chiefly members of the British Legion.
The ceremonial and service stirred in the hearts and minds of many memories of older campaigns and earlier dedications. South African veterans were reminded of remote ties of friendship still existing, and of departures and homecomings during that campaign. Many had memories of both the earlier war and the Great War, and of visits to the Cathedral to mark some ceremony or service in connection with one or the other. The time-dimmed impressions of these occasions were now revived and invested the service with a special solemnity.
The event had its spectacular side. The gathering of Military and ex-Servicemen in Birdport, with the standards of the branches unfurled in the sunlight of an oddly bright November morning, and the pageantry and colour of the civic procession, formed an attraction for many, thousands of citizens who gathered in the streets and in the precincts of the Cathedral.
The weather was beautifully fine until the service was over and the congregation had departed and the Military had passed with dignified salute the two war memorials, and then rain began to fall.
The idea of assembling all the war memorials into one part of the Cathedral originated with the Dean and Chapter.
The Dean (Dr. Davies), inspired a number of alterations and changes within the Cathedral, which have enhanced its beauty, and have given to parts of it a special significance. The suggestion of a Chapel devoted to Military Memorials and Symbols was heartily approved by the Regimental authorities, by the Territorial Association and by everybody concerned in the removal of tablets or monuments.