Borough’s children commemorate Armistice Day in East Ham
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Children from the borough’s Catholic Deanery schools were among more than 200 people who marked the 95th anniversary of Armistice Day in a ceremony this morning.
The young people from St Joachim’s, St Bonaventure’s, St Francis, St Michael’s, St Winefride’s, St Angela’s, St Edward’s, St Helen’s and St Antony’s schools observed the two-minute silence, read poems and laid wreaths at the Central Park Cenotaph.
Members of the Royal British Legion also spoke to the children about the names on the war memorial and about the Legion in general. The service was conducted by Father John Armitage.
Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales laid a wreath on behalf of the people of the borough. He was joined at the park in High Street South by residents, councillors and council staff, East Ham MP Stephen Timms, West Ham MP Lyn Brown and members of the Royal British Legion.
Sir Robin said: “It is right that we gathered at the cenotaph that bears the names of servicemen and women who gave their lives in serving their country in wars and conflicts across the globe. It was good to see so many young people involved because they and future generations need to learn about the sacrifices that our armed services have made and still make today. Our young people are the custodians of the remembrance message.”