Remembrance Sunday 2020
Remembrance Sunday was marked in a different way this year not only in Hackney but across the country.
The one month national lockdown which began on Thursday meant large gatherings were not able to physically come together to remember members of the Armed Forces who have died in the line of duty.
In the absence of the usual participants which have previously included ex-service men and women, cadets, emergency services, school children and members of the community, this year the Speaker of Hackney Cllr Kam Adams, along with the Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville and the Queen’s representative to Hackney, Lt Col Morris laid wreaths at St John-at-Hackney War Memorial and the Town Hall square.
Although Remembrance Sunday has been different this year, it was very moving and it was an honour to pay tribute to our fallen service men and women from across Britain, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific, Australasia and all other Commonwealth countries who fought to secure the freedom we now enjoy.
I am especially grateful that we found a way to mark this day in a safe and secure way as there are many local families who have been affected by war and would want to recognise the bravery and sacrifice of those who served in them.
Residents may not have been physically present, but I'm sure that many will have marked the event in their own way at home.
A wreath was also laid at Stoke Newington War Memorial Hall by Hackney’s Deputy Speaker, Cllr Michael Desmond.