Newham to honour the fallen for Remembrance Day
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Soldiers, schoolchildren and residents will be among crowds this weekend paying tribute to those who have died fighting for Britain.
Four Remembrance Sunday services across the borough will commemorate the people killed in conflicts since the First World War.
Lt-Col James Bryant, commanding officer of 7th Battalion The Rifles – whose G Company is based at the Army Reserve Centre in West Ham – is one of many proud to be attending.
“Remembrance Sunday is very important to us,” he said. “It marks the sacrifice made by so many of our forebears in the defence of our country.
“We are deeply honoured to be doing so alongside the people of Newham. The connection between the community and the military is fundamental. It is from the community that we draw our strength, and it is for the community that we do what we do.”
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Tomorrow, Mayor Sir Robin Wales will join officials from West Ham United in observing the anniversary of the Armistice by laying a wreath on the pitch at the Boleyn Ground ahead of the Everton match.
The 13th Service Battalion of the Essex Regiment, a volunteer section formed by Hammers fans in 1914 and known as the West Ham Pals, will also be remembered.
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“We will remember those who died in both world wars and more recent conflicts such as in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Sir Robin said. “We must never forget what they have done for us, and continue to salute the bravery of those who continue to protect us from harm.”
This year’s commemoration marks 70 years since the 1945 defeat of Germany, Japan and their allies – and 97 years since the armistice that ended fighting on the Western Front.
East Ham Cenotaph in Central Park – members of the Royal British Legion and G Company will lead a procession at 10.30am on Sunday from the Town Hall in Barking Road along High Street South and into Central Park where the event at the Cenotaph will begin at 10.55am.
All Saints Church, Church Street, West Ham – service with the deputy mayor, Cllr Lester Hudson, starts at 10.30am on Sunday.
St Mark’s Memorial, Factory Road – service in the grounds of Brick Lane Music Hall on Sunday. Members of the Royal British Legion will parade from the Legion Branch in Constance Street to Factory Road, North Woolwich at 10.20am. The ceremony begins at 10.55am.
St Luke’s Memorial, Tarling Road, Canning Town – Cllr Joy Laguda, chairwoman of Newham Council, will be attending a service at 10.30am on Sunday.
On Wednesday, Armistice Day will be commemorated at 10.45am at the Cenotaph in Central Park, East Ham. A two-minute silence will take place at 11am. Schools taking part include St Helen’s Primary, St Antony’s Primary, St Francis’ Primary, St Michael’s Primary, St Winefride’s Primary, St Edward’s Primary, St Joachim’s Primary, St Bonaventure’s and St Angela’s Ursuline.