Hackney remembers the fallen
Hackney residents joined ex-service men and women to remember the fallen at the borough’s Remembrance Sunday parade and church service on Sunday 13 November.
The Speaker of Hackney, Cllr Rosemary Sales, led a parade of 600 from the Town Hall to St-John-at-Hackney Church. Taking part in the parade were representatives from Normandy Veterans, Royal British Legion and members of other local associations including the Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade Band and the Red Cross.
On arrival at the church, the Speaker, along with many other participants, including Mayor fo Hackney Philip Glanville and Meg Hillier MP, laid a wreath at the Cenotaph to commemorate those who lost their lives during conflicts.
Rabbi Tiefenbrun of Hackney and East London synagogue sang the Jewish Prayer for the Dead and the group was also addressed by David Pollock of the British Humanist Association and Jagmohan Singh Bhakar of the Sikh Centre.
The Revd. Al Gordon led the church Service after which the parade made its way back to Hackney Town Hall for the traditional march-past and salute and laying of a wreath at the war memorial.
It was a great honour to represent the borough at Remembrance Sunday and to take part in such a moving ceremony. In these very difficult times, it is wonderful to see Hackney’s diverse communities coming together to pay tribute to those who died and to commit themselves to working for peace. I would like to thank all the participants, and especially Col. Morris, the Deputy Lieutenant of Hackney, for working so hard to make sure that everything ran smoothly.