Thousands set to remember war dead with services across South West London


Remembrance Day recognises the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces


By Sean Connor

Proud boroughs across South West London are preparing for Remembrance Day this weekend, reflecting on soldiers efforts in conflicts old and new.

Hundreds will read ‘In Flanders Fields’ in unison to commemorate more than 16,000 British service personal that have been killed or injured on active service since 1945.

Mayors, Police Borough Commanders and Councillors will stand shoulder to shoulder with the public to continue the promise that ‘We will remember them’.

A spokesman from the Royal British Legion said: “Volunteers in areas across South West London have done an incredible job so far helping with our London Poppy Day which took place yesterday.”

Events include a parade of Armed Forces veterans, civic dignitaries and religious officials followed by a service and two minute silence at 11am to commemorate the cessation of the First World War.

After this there is the laying of wreaths, where families and friends may step forward to also pay their respects to those who have lost their lives in more recent conflicts.

Cllr Meena Bond, Mayor of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, said:

“Remembrance Sunday recognises the sacrifice made by members of our Armed Forces and civilians who have served, continue to serve and have fallen in the line of duty to our great Nation.

“The services are a small token we can do to show that the sacrifice they made will never be forgotten.”

In the borough of Croydon, Crystal Palace FC announced their support on Twitter: ‏ ‘@Official_CPFC Our shirts on Saturday will include a poppy as we remember those who have lost their lives on behalf of their country. @PoppyLegion

The match worn shirts will be available for auction on the club’s official eBay site next week.

Mayor of Merton, Councillor Krystal Miller said they will also be spending time to remember those who died fighting for peace.

“Armistice Day is a time to reflect and remember those who have lost their lives fighting for the freedom we enjoy today. We also remember the dedication and bravery of those who are currently serving in our Armed Forces.”

Remembrance Day Services will be held throughout most boroughs on Sunday, though other services are also being held on Monday.

For more information on times and locations of services in each borough, it is advised to check the council’s website.

Photo courtesy of by barryskeates, with thanks.

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