Hackney pays respect to the fallen on Remembrance Sunday

Hackney paid its respects to all the servicemen, women and civilians who lost their lives serving their country, at the borough’s Remembrance Sunday parade and church services on Sunday 13 November.

The commemoration began at 9:30am outside Hackney Town Hall where a parade of over 300 representatives, including members of 3 Military Intelligence Battalion, the Mayor, Deputy Lieutenant, Dame Meg Hillier MP and representatives from local cadet and scout groups, led by Deputy Speaker Cllr Anya Sizer, made its way to a wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph at St John at Hackney Church.

A remembrance service and prayers of remembrance were followed by a two minute silence marked by a bugler playing the Last Post. The parade then performed the traditional march and salute though Hackney before laying wreaths outside the Town Hall.

Elsewhere in Hackney, wreaths were laid at a service at Abney Park War Memorial attended by Deputy Mayor Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, as well as services at St Leonard’s Church and Stoke Newington Library Memorial, attended by former Speaker and Stoke Newington Ward Councillor Cllr Fajana Thomas.

Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the First World War’s official armistice, which came about on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

It was an honour for me to represent Hackney in the annual parade on Remembrance Sunday this year. It was heartening to see so many people come together to recognise the brave men and women who served in the World Wars and all conflicts that have taken place since. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Deputy Speaker Cllr Anya Sizer